Iowa Mental Health, Local Government Groups Express Concern Over Massive Fiscal Plan | government and politics

Iowa Mental Health, Local Government Groups Express Concern Over Massive Fiscal Plan |  government and politics

According to state data, in fiscal year 2019-20, Des Moines received the largest backfill, $5.2 million. Cedar Rapids received $4.1 million, and Iowa City’s backfill was $1.5 million plus $29,800 for tax increment financing backfill. The backfill amounted to $29.5 million for counties, ranging from $6.6 million in Polk and $2.2 million and $1.3 million in Linn and Johnson counties, respectively, to $17,600 in Ringgold.

When Democrats and Republicans approved the backfill six years ago, “there was no mention of an expiration date,” said Gary Grant, who represented Linn County, Cedar Rapids and the Urban County Coalition. By exempting some property classifications, legislators said local governments would continue to have “skin in the game.” If the backfill is phased out, Grant said, the state would no longer have a stake in local government financing.

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