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5/15/20 Fees Should be Considered Too: Over the past 50 years or so it’s become popular for municipalities to move portions of their budgets off property tax funding and on to a fee system. Think garbage collection and storm sewer construction in Des Moines. There may be others. We need to consider these fees in addition to property taxes when thinking about cost of local government. And now we have a sales tax to add to the mix… Mark White

5/13/20 Property Taxes: Over the past decade, central Iowa property tax collections have outpaced the rate of inflation and median household income by 2-1/2 times. Is this sustainable? Art Wittmack