Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

Letters to the Editor

March 7, 2013

Sheets sponsors bill to deal with RIZ

CENTERVILLE — The last week in February I was assigned the chair position of two subcommittees. The first subcommittee was part of the Environmental Protection Committee. House Bill 181 is an act relating to title abstracts to property with sewage disposal systems. It was written to correct an oversight in a previous related bill. Referred to as the “Septic Tank Cleanup Bill,” it passed through the subcommittee with no contention and added some humor.

The second subcommittee was part of the Local Government Committee, regarding the bill I sponsored, HSB 184. This bill is about Rural Improvement Zones. The Boards of Supervisors of various counties are concerned about the existing legislation that deprives the counties of future property tax revenues for the benefit of the residents of the zones. This involved considerable controversy where some counties liked the zones and others did not.  My main concern was the lack of ceiling or time limits for these improvement zones.  I authored an amendment allowing the option to extend the seven year arrangement by an additional seven years via the city board of supervisors’ discretion, in order for them to pay off debt or to continue the zone. Further amendments are expected.

The House Republicans finished the month of February by releasing their budget targets for Fiscal Year 2014. The proposal calls for state General Fund spending to be at $6.4 billion in the next year starting on July 1. This amounts to a modest increase in state spending of just 3 percent. When compared to what can be spent under the current expenditure limitation law, the House targets spend only 89 percent of that amount. And, the state would have an ending balance of $840 million at the end of FY 2014. Over the last 20 years, annual revenue growth has averaged 3.3 percent.  The FY 2014 budget proposed by House Republicans ensures that state government will operate effectively within that amount.

The first week in March was “funnel week.” This is the last week for all bills to be passed through the committees; otherwise the bills will die with possible resurrection next session.

I, along with legislators in and around District 80, spoke at two forums: one at the Vermeer Pavilion in Pella; and the other one in Ottumwa.  I also attended a farewell gathering for our former district’s state senator, Mark Chelgren.  Sen. Chelgren now has a new district and is becoming a notable ally and friend to me.

Upcoming forums:

• March 16: “Legislative Coffee” at 10 a.m. in Centerville at the office of Chariton Valley Planning and Development, 308 N. 12th St.

• March 23: “Osky Eggs & Issues” at 8:30 a.m. at Smokey Row in Oskaloosa.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at larry.sheets@legis.iowa.gov or (641) 895-6153.

1
Text Only
Letters to the Editor
  • Don't let Big Oil bully biofuels It’s vacation season across America. That means family road trips are underway and the traveling public is paying even closer attention when they pull up to the pump. Today’s drivers also value clean-burning fuel choices that help the environment and

    July 22, 2014

  • Lerner's illegal instant message trick It was so brazen. Right there, over email, Lois Lerner warned her colleagues “Congress has asked for emails ... so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails.” Then she asked whether the IRS’s instant messaging application was being archived,

    July 17, 2014

  • Going to visit the AC Fair? The Daily Iowegian will publish an editorial Question of the Week on the Opinion page.The Iowegian wants readers to think about the 2014 Appanoose County Fair. It starts Monday and wraps up on Saturday with a demolition derby at 8 p.m.So, the questio

    July 17, 2014

  • Compliance with open meetings law Editor’s Note: This is a monthly column prepared by the Iowa Public Information Board to update Iowans on the IPIB’s activities and provide information on some of the issues routinely addressed by the board.Iowa courts have not yet definitively answe

    July 14, 2014

  • Making time for others Dear Editor,We live in a time where we depend on modern conveniences to save us time. We enjoy the pleasures of having vehicles, computers, dishwashers, running water, electricity, fast food, washers and dryers while expecting these conveniences to f

    July 14, 2014

  • The right to a paid vacation Ah, summer is here. We all know what that means: The rights crowd will demand that our politicians pass new federal laws to make paid vacation mandatory.It is true that the United States is the only advanced economy that does not require employers to

    July 10, 2014

  • Vote for U.S. representative? The Daily Iowegian will publish an Editorial Question of the Week on the Opinion page.The Iowegian wants readers to think about the upcoming election in November. In the next few weeks and months we will ask our readers to pick a candidate in selecte

    July 10, 2014

  • A defensive response and the IRS Ring, ring.“Hello, this is Tom.”“Hello, Tom, this is the federal government. We are going to audit your taxes and want to see all of your records for 2011.”“Sorry, federal government, but my computer crashed in 2011. All of my emails, electronic rece

    June 25, 2014

  • Vote for A.C. Supervisor? The Daily Iowegian will publish an editorial Question of the Week on the Opinion page.The Iowegian wants readers to think about the upcoming election in November. In the next few weeks and months we will ask our readers to pick a candidate in selecte

    June 25, 2014

  • The hard lessons of Iraq Nearly 5,000 of our fine men and women died in Iraq.Who’s going to explain Iraq to their loved ones now?Who’s going to explain why, if it was so important that we had to go to Iraq in 2003, we just walked away?Iraq is back in our living rooms every n

    June 25, 2014

  • 'Safe Routes to School - Balderdash!' ‘Safe Routes to School —Balderdash!’Dear Editor,Safe Routes to School — Balderdash! There is no such thing. There is no such thing as unsafe routes to school either.This was all a ploy for one reason — money, and had absolutely nothing to do with the

    June 24, 2014

  • Facts about unaccompanied minors Here are six facts you need to know about what President Obama fraudulently calls the unaccompanied minors “urgent humanitarian crisis.” First, many minors aren’t unaccompanied. Rather, they’re traveling with their mothers, some pregnant with future

    June 24, 2014

  • How to watch the World Cup The refrain has echoed across the globe our entire lives. “The World Cup is the most exciting sporting event on the face of the planet. Bigger than the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup and World Series combined and go ahead, throw in the next Star Wars movie

    June 24, 2014

  • Arlington National Cemetery: 150 years of service In the 40-plus years since my paternal grandparents passed away, I have often wondered about the status of Shiloh Cemetery, which was nestled on the hilltop above their humble farmhouse. Recently, my hometown newspaper, the Marshall County (TN) Tribu

    June 5, 2014

  • ACCC focus is on alcohol abuse Dear Editor, The Appanoose County Collaboration Council in cooperation with the Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grant project would like to acknowledge the successes of the Appanoose County area residents, Board of Supervisors, the Cen

    June 5, 2014

Obituaries
Featured Ads
Poll

The Iowegian wants readers to think about the 2014 Appanoose County Fair. It starts Monday and wraps up on Saturday with a demolition derby at 8 p.m. So, the question of the week is, "How many days do you plan to go to the Appanoose County Fair?

A. I plan to attend all six days.
B. I plan to attend five days.
C. I plan to attend four days.
D. I plan to attend three days.
E. I plan to attend two days.
F. I plan to attend one day.
G. I do not plan to go to the fair this year.
     View Results
Iowegian on Facebook