Despite attempts to stop it, a property tax plan supported by Governor Pete Rickets is slowly moving through the legislature.
State Senators gave second-round approval to one of two bills that make up the Governor's tax package on Wednesday. The second bill was scheduled for later in the day. The bills need to pass three votes in order to head to the Governor's desk for approval. Both bills have faced filibusters and opened a rift between urban and rural Senators.
A bill by Cedar Rapids Senator Kate Sullivan would remove an excuse school boards use to not lower their levy rates. It would also tighten budget restrictions on bonding for projects such as mold abatement and environmental hazards.