Friday, July 24, 2020

Paying for City Government

"I’m buying less for myself so I can pay the government more."

Iowa Taxpayer,

Can you relate to this statement from one of our members? Every year property tax bills seem to increase more than Iowans think they should.

When property taxes grow faster than household budgets they:
  • Force people on fixed incomes out of their homes
  • Make it harder for young families to afford their first home
  • Consume more and more income from renters and homeowners alike
  • Allow government bureaucrats to steal choices from taxpayers on how and where to spend their money
Each city faces different challenges.

When a community is growing, it needs to pay for new infrastructure. Residents might also want, and be willing to pay for, new parks, trails, and flood control. However, many communities are not growing or have other priorities. In both situations, local government taking more money from people through property taxes should be in line with population growth and inflation over a period of time.

ITR collected city budget information from the Iowa Department of Management and population data from the U.S. Census Bureau for the years 2013 through 2019. 

Here are four examples of what we found:
Sources: Iowa Department of Management and U.S. Census Bureau
As we mentioned, every city is unique but this information does provide a snapshot for you to consider. Think of your household budget. Has your income increased a similar percentage as your property tax bill?

To see this data for the 15 largest cities in Iowa, click here.  If you would like us to look up this information for your city, just send an email to

Keep an eye on your email inbox! Over the next few weeks, we will be collecting this property tax information for your local school district and county. 

What's the best solution to control property taxes?

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It’s easy for politicians to yield to noisy special interest groups when the taxpayer keeps quietly paying the bills.
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