Have Cities and Counties Outgrown the Need for Backfill Dollars?
Since 2015, Iowa's state government has been giving cities and counties property tax replacement dollars to make up for a rollback on commercial property tax valuations.
Iowa Taxpayers Association (ITA) released a study showing most of these local governments have outgrown the need for this replacement.
The report states, "Taking a portion of state tax collections and sending it to local governments does one of two things. The state is either collecting more tax than it needs for revenue or there are state services that are being shorted."
We encourage you to read the full report.