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PPEL vote passes in Fort Dodge

February 5, 2013

Voters in the Fort Dodge Community School District approved an increase the system’s physical plant and equipment levy. The vote was 1,708 in favor to 1,597 opposed....

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Minnieiowa1

Feb-05-13 10:14 PM

Awesome!! Great Move Fort Dodge!!

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justwords

Feb-05-13 10:15 PM

winner...winner...chicken dinner

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chris1

Feb-05-13 10:16 PM

Shocked it was that close. Still a sad testament for this city and future progress in my opinion.

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BrentIA

Feb-05-13 11:08 PM

Just GLAD I don't live in Fort Dodge!! taxes, taxes, and more taxes!!!!

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ftdodger

Feb-05-13 11:10 PM

Ummmm...???

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kaleidoscope

Feb-05-13 11:10 PM

YES!

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dnewman

Feb-05-13 11:56 PM

Proud of Fort Dodge! Glad we realize the importance of investing in our youth!

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Dodger

Feb-06-13 12:28 AM

At least the voter turnout was upgraded from embarrassing to pathetic.

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Dodger

Feb-06-13 12:45 AM

Hey Brent, check FD's property tax rates vs. the rest of the state's towns our size and bigger and get back to us. Thanks.

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Dodger

Feb-06-13 1:21 AM

Here, I've done the leg work for you. 2011 property tax rates in Iowa (per $1,000 of value): 1) Ottumwa and Keokuk $46, 3) Des Moines and Council Bluffs $45, 5) Ankeny, Sioux City and Fort Dodge $44, 8) Waterloo $42, 9) Marshalltown $41, 10) Davenport and Iowa City $40. Many smaller towns are in the $48-49 range. So are Fort Dodge's rates that unreasonable by comparison?

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Dodger

Feb-06-13 1:51 AM

Now with that being said, keep this in mind: Median home prices in 2009 for towns relative to Fort Dodge's size in Iowa: Ames $168,729; Cedar Falls $159,794; Waterloo $107,900; Mason City $102,404; Muscatine $102,931; Marshalltown $97,347; Sioux City $92,500. Fort Dodge? $85,021. The only city lower is Ottumwa at $71,129, which also has higher property tax rates. In other words, you have to look at the overall numbers -- how much a city can draw off a home valued at, say, a $100,000 median vs. an $85,000 median -- before you complain about our rates. Rates tend to be higher here and in Ottumwa because home prices are lower. You can't have both.

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