The Northeast Iowa Community College board of trustees aproved the issuance of nearly ten million dollars of general obligation school bonds at its meeting this month. College officials say the bonds will provide funding for the College’s first phase of construction and renovation projects. The funding was approved by voters last September when district voters approved the continuation of a 39 million bond levy. College officials says Max Clark Hall on the Calmar campus will be among the projects that will be funding with the issuance of their bonds.
The tough winter weather over the last six weeks has presented a challenge to the city of Decorah’s budget. Decorah city manager Chad Bird.
Bird says the city not concerned about running out of supplies
Bird says the street department has a reserve fund which they use in winters like this to cover the cost.
A new poll says most people in Iowa are against legal sports betting within the state, according to a Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll. It says more than half of Iowans say they are against legal gambling for professional sports events. Around 40 percent are in favor of legalizing and the rest say they are unsure. More people said they were opposed to betting on college games with nearly 70 percent against it. Just 25 percent of those who responded are in favor of it. A bill to legalize sports gambling is currently moving through the state legislature.
Five members of the Iowa House have signed off on the IDEA of charging a new fee to the owners of electric vehicles AND a new, per-kilowatt-hour tax at public charging stations. Michael Triplett, a lobbyist for the Automobile Manufacturers Association, urged legislators not to set the fee higher than what electric car owners are paying in neighboring states.
The Iowa D-O-T has recommended a 130-dollar annual fee for electric vehicles. That’s higher than what’s being charged in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri and Nebraska. Drivers of gas-powered vehicles pay the state fuel tax which finances the upkeep and construction of roads and bridges. Scott Newhard (NEW-hard), a lobbyist for the Associated General Contractors of Iowa, says electric vehicles should pay into the Road Use Tax, too.
By late last year there were 800 battery-powered vehicles registered in Iowa. There were about 19-hundred plug-in hybrids that can switch to gas power when the charge runs out.