It’s easier for politicians to yield to noisy special interest groups when the taxpayer keeps quietly paying the bills. ITR worked on numerous economic freedom issues at the Capitol and many of you contacted legislators to make your voice heard.

It’s important to remember that the 2019 legislative session was the first session of a two-year General Assembly.  This means legislators will be able to pick up where they left off when they come back to Des Moines next January and that many of these issues are simply on hold until next year. 

What did they accomplish on behalf of taxpayers?

Property Tax Reform - Sent to Governor

The Problem:

  • “Just because my house is worth more doesn’t mean I have more dollars in my pocket to pay taxes.” This statement from one of our members highlights Iowa’s property tax problem.

What ITR said:

  • Establish a reasonable limit, that can be exceeded with the appropriate steps, on how much a city’s or county’s property tax revenue can increase each year.
  • Allow citizens to easily understand how local government budgets will impact their property tax bill.
  • Require local governments to cast an affirmative vote on property tax increases.

What Happened:

  • Success! This bill accomplishes that goal. Transparency, citizen input, and local government accountability will all be increased when Governor Kim Reynolds signs this bill.

Work Left to Do:

  • Because this bill focuses on transparency more than hard limits, citizens must engage in the process to control property taxes.
  • ITR will keep you informed when cities, counties, and school districts begin local budget discussions.
  • It is up to constituents to make local elected officials reconsider sitting back and reaping the windfall of increased assessments.

See how your legislator voted.

Other legislative issues:

Click the pictures below to read more.

Whistleblower Protection
Occupational Licensing Reform
Stopping Medicaid Abuse
Inheritance Tax Elimination
Super-Majority Tax Increase Amendment
99% Spending Limit Amendment
Taxpayer-Funded Lobbyists
Federal Funds Inventory
Income Tax Reform 2.0

Get CT In Your Inbox!

Don't miss a single update.

You May Also Like

Iowa Federation of Labor President Ken Sager’s Lack of Civility Speaking Out Against HJR 6

The  Iowa Federation of Labor’s President, Ken Sager, spoke against HJR 6…

Delayed Results In Iowa Democratic Caucus

Problems with reporting through a new phone app the Iowa Democratic Party adopted has led to a delay in releasing the party’s Iowa Caucus results.

NICHE Launches Homeschool Iowa Foundation and Inaugural Banquet

The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators and the Homeschool Iowa Foundation will hold their inaugural banquet on Friday, November 8th at 5:0pm.

Michael Reagan to Keynote Iowa GOP Reagan Dinner

Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan, will keynote the Republican Party of Iowa’s annual Reagan dinner to be held on 10/21/14 in Des Moines.