Last week, Polk County voters narrowly shot down a proposal for a one percent local option sales tax. It was a special election and voter turnout was low. The Polk County Auditor estimated that only 10 percent of registered voters participated.

Two days later on March 8th, the Iowa House passed HF 2369, by a 52 to 44 vote. The bill requires elections for bond propositions for cities, townships, counties, or school districts, as well as, propositions for a local option sales tax to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November when elections are normally held.

State Representative Jake Highfill (R-Johnston) was the floor manager for HF 2369 when it was debated last week. He said he believed the bill would solve three problems with when these elections are held.

The bill would allow only a vote on a particular bond proposal or local option tax once a year. Highfill also told Caffeinated Thoughts that he believes the bill will save taxpayers money. He is also concerned about transparency and voter participation.

“It will increase turnout and stop (local boards) from hiding elections from the people,” Highfill said.

The bill was referred to the Iowa Senate State Government committee on Monday.

A number of groups and cities oppose the bill: Rural School Advocates of Iowa, Urban School Advocates of Iowa, School Administrators of Iowa, Iowa Association of Community College Trustees, City of Des Moines, Western Iowa Tech Community College, Kirkwood Community College, North Iowa Area Community College, City of Coralville, Iowa Valley Community College District, Iowa League of Cities, City of Iowa City, City of Waukee, Iowa State Association of Counties, Iowa State Association of County Supervisors, Iowa Association of School Boards, and the City of West Des Moines.

The City of Cedar Falls supports the bill. Polk County Board of Supervisors and the City of Cedar Rapids have registered undecided.

Get CT In Your Inbox!

Don't miss a single update.

You May Also Like

Iowa Officials and 2016 Candidates to Speak at Joni Ernst’s Roast and Ride

JONI PAC announced that Iowa officials will join declared and potential presidential candidates at Roast and Ride at Central Iowa Expo in Boone on June 6th.

Stats Show Iowans Aborting in Nebraska

Abortion statistics in Nebraska are showing large numbers of women from Iowa having abortions in Nebraska—more women than from other neighboring states.

Whitver Announces Iowa Senate Committee Announcements

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver (R-Ankeny) released committee assignments for Senate Republicans for the Eighty-Eighth General Assembly.

Des Moines Tax Day Tea Party in Pictures

From the first hour of the Des Moines Tea Party on Tax…