Stealth school tax increase on hold

Paul Brennan
Jun 05, 2014 8:45 AM
Stealth school tax increase on hold

DES MOINES, Iowa — After approving a tax increase without having given the public notice or taking a formal vote, the Muscatine Community School District has pulled back — for the time being.

After objections were made, the School Board, which had at least twice before passed tax hikes without taking votes, scheduled a vote on this latest increase for Monday’s meeting in order to give the  public a chance to comment.

“I didn’t realize there was any controversy over the issue until Monday,” School Board President Nathan Mather told Iowa Watchdog. “I think it’s very important when you’re dealing people’s money to involve the public. And to actually hold a vote. It’s a matter of trust.”