Ames lawmaker says ending "backfill" is a broken promise

An Ames state representative says the legislature will break a promise to Iowans if it ends payments to local governments for lost property tax dollars. Democrat Beth Wessel-Kroeschell says a "backfill" provision was part of a 2013 corporate property tax cut to make up for money lost by school districts, cities and counties. She says it's ironic that local governments might have to account for lost "backfill" dollars by raising property taxes. Ending the backfill would cost the Ames School District $1.3 million, the City of Ames a $1 million, and Story County a $500,000 in the next fiscal year, for which budgets have already been approved.

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