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.