IOWA GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD SAYS HE WILL NOT SIGN AN EXTENSION TO THE SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE SALES TAX WITHOUT SOME OF THOSE FUNDS BEING EARMARKED FOR WATER QUALITY INITIATIVES. REPUBLICAN STATE SENATOR MIKE BREITBACH OF STRAWBERRY POINT SAYS DOING SO WOULD BE DISINGENOUS TO THE VOTERS THAT APPROVED THE TAX.
BREITBACH SAYS THE TAX SHOULD BE EXTENDED PAST ITS CURRENT 2029 EXPIRATION DATE SO SCHOOL CAN USE THE INFRASTRUCTURE TAX DOLLARS TO HELP FINANCE ANY BUILDING PROJECT.
WINNESHIEK COUNTY CREWS HAVE STARTED WORK ON THE SCIENIC RIVER ROAD IN BLUFFTON TOWNSHIP. COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE SAYS A BRIDGE IS BEING REPLACED ON THAT ROAD. BJERKE SAYS IT SHOULD BE AN APPROXIMATE FOUR WEEK PROJECT.
A farm real estate group says Iowa farmland values have dropped nearly 9 percent over the past year.
The Iowa Realtors Land Institute farmland survey through March shows the average value of cropland fell to a little more than $6,700 an acre, 8.7 percent lower less than a year ago and a reduction of 22.5 percent from 2013. Hertz Real Estate Services broker Kyle Hansen told The Des Moines Register that, “with lower commodity prices and lower revenue . we continue to see a softening of our market and downward pressure on land values.” Iowa farm income has dropped 47 percent, to $5.1 billion in 2014, the most recent data available, from $9.6 billion in 2011.
A Fayette County man is now facing federal charge of possession of destructive device. 33-year-old Trevor Satrom of Oran is accused of having four destructive devices, three pipe bombs and a pressure cooker bomb, without registering them. The charge alleges that Satrom didn’t register the devices with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required by federal law. If convicted on the federal charge, Satrom faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Fayette County authorities arrested Satrom in February after they say they found weapons inside his home. The weapons allegedly include two pressure cookers, several guns and rifles, smoke grenades and a flame thrower that can shoot a 50 foot flame. He also faces state unlawful possession of explosive material and unlawful possession of offensive weapons charges.