Central Iowa is home to 127 taxing entities: 44 cities, 28 school districts, and 55 other taxing authorities. Together, they spend $3.5 billion – a sum that equals one-half the state of Iowa’s budget.
With so many distinct taxing authorities, the local tax environment can quickly become strained, duplicative, and inefficient. We are the only organization providing oversight to assure tax dollars are being spent wisely and responsibly in the region.
The Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa (TACI) is an independent, non-partisan membership organization dedicated to fostering efficient, effective local government in the greater Des Moines area. We bring a data-driven, independent perspective to the tax issues facing central Iowans. We advocate for our members’ interests with a focus on moving the region toward a sustainable tax environment. Research, education, advocacy and community leadership are the primary means by which we accomplish our mission. In doing so, we contribute to a strong quality of life at an affordable cost.
Our goals are to be:
- A trusted and visible source of information for taxpayers about local government financial issues and local government performance;
- A strong source of support for local officials in identifying and pursuing opportunities that promote efficiency;
- A leader in moving intergovernmental cooperative efforts that result in better service for less cost; and
- A viable association with engaged members and monetary support sufficient to carry out the mission.