Shoppers in Polk, Dallas and Warren counties would pay an extra penny per dollar on most things they buy as part of a plan by civic leaders to build more recreation trails and boost metro-area cultural attractions.
Supporters say a sales-tax increase to 7 percent would also give communities a new source of money to pay for law enforcement, libraries, street repairs and other services. That, they say, would result in lower property taxes.
Counties and cities have been asked to outline in writing how they would spend the money.
They'll need to convince folks that they are spending the money they have already wisely. I wonder if these folks will help with the campaign:
Ramona Cunningham and Senator Harkin at the dedication of CIETC Tom Harkin Learning Center.
Former CIETC Director, current Des Moines city councilman and self-proclaimed "rubber stamp" Tom Vlassis
Former CIETC Chairman and Des Moines City Council Member Archie Brooks