Sheets authored a RIZ bill last year to change some of the language in the original bill.
He called the current RIZ bill poorly conceived.
Sheets said he wants it replaced with one that allows RIZs to be controlled locally.
“Right now, the citizens of Appanoose County have no say, no representative government to be able to make decisions on the RIZ, the way things stand,” Sheets said.
Sheets’ RIZ bill has a sunset provision which allows elected county officials to review every 10 years the need to continue subsidizing new zones with county tax revenues.
The local government subcommittee passed the RIZ bill and it will be addressed by the full committee soon.
Rozenboom has a companion RIZ bill in the Senate.
The original RIZ legislation is “a bad law,” Rozenboom said. “But it has some good components.”
Rozenboom said what’s not good is RIZs can be created without the support or endorsement of the county’s board of supervisors and the legislation does not provide for a sunset to the RIZ.
Rozenboom said he doesn’t see much happening with proposed RIZ legislation this year.
Rozenboom said what he would like to see happen is to see both the people in RIZ’s and county officials and citizens gaining a benefit.
“If it all works out, it should be a value to the whole county,” Rozenboom said. “Therefore, everyone should benefit from it in some form or another. Right now it seems to me it’s all or nothing. It’s one or the other.”
Despite the fact Sheets nor Rozenboom talked about water quality in their opening statement, at least four people raised questions on that subject.
One man was concerned about Iowa’s water pollution and impaired waterways and what, if anything, had either Sheets or Rozenboom done to address it.