May 28, 2022

Iowa: 3 Cent Per Year Tax Hike For Five Years Proposed to Stabilize Cedar Rapids Public Library

From The Gazette:

Five months after voters rejected a special 27-cent tax levy for the public library system, Cedar Rapids officials are pitching what would eventually be a 15-cent tax increase that would skip a public referendum.

Their “3-by-5” tax plan would generate money specifically for the Cedar Rapids Public Library, which recently reduced hours and staff due to a $400,000 budget cut, by increasing the general property tax levy, which is approved by the City Council and not directly by voters.


[Mayor Ron] Corbett, City Council members Justin Shields and Ralph Russell and library Director Dara Schmidt unveiled their tax plan to The Gazette this week. The framework is a 3-cent increase to the general property tax levy per year for five years, beginning in fiscal 2018 and plateauing in 2022.

See Also: Budget Cuts Force Cedar Rapids Public Library to Reduce Hours (via The Gazette; March 25, 2016)

See Also: Five Years After Flood, New Downtown Cedar Rapids Pubic Library Formally Opens (August 25, 2013)

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