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Lori Lindner

County projects half a cent overall tax increase

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County residents will likely see an increase in their tax bills in the upcoming year, albeit a modest one.
The county Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on its proposed fiscal year 2015 budget on Feb. 25. With more than $97 million in anticipated expenditures, the overall tax levy will raise just one-half of one cent over last year’s levy for city residents, to $6.67 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Getting ahead of the head shops

Tiffin to hold public hearing on banning drug paraphernalia

TIFFIN– Whether you aspire to open a head shop in Tiffin, or to make sure one never does, you might want to attend a public hearing on the matter March 12.
The Tiffin City Council set a public hearing to discuss an ordinance that would prohibit the use, possession, manufacture or sale of drug paraphernalia within city limits. Tiffin City Administrator Michon Jackson said in an email last week it was a proactive maneuver some cities are taking in light of recent changes to marijuana laws in other states.

NL’s eastern annexation awaits CDB approval

NORTH LIBERTY­– North Liberty’s eastward expansion has been officially put into motion. Now, the city awaits approval from Des Moines.
The North Liberty City Council approved an annexation petition and agreement at its Jan. 28 meeting that would bring over 600 acres of the Scanlon family farm into city limits. North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar said the agreement is a benefit to both the city and to the Scanlon family.

Day of service, life of good

NORTH LIBERTY– Students in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) who had to be in school this Jan. 20 made the most of it.
Traditionally a day off in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the ICCSD school board voted to have students in session this year. Across the nation, the day has more recently become a Day of Service, to join in a collective effort to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

South Slope responds to CWA union charges

Labor Relations Board to investigate claims of unfair labor practices

NORTH LIBERTY– Representatives from South Slope Communications Cooperative and bargaining representatives from the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union are communicating with officials from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to settle complaints of unfair labor practices filed against the company.

A circle of support

Prison Ministries provides volunteers who serve as individual mentors

JOHNSON COUNTY– Tammy has been in and out of prison five times.
Raised in an impoverished household with three younger siblings and a mother who would disappear for weeks at a time, stealing food, diapers and formula at the neighborhood grocery store became a regular necessity. When Tammy’s mother was around, she was frequently accompanied by men, each more violently abusive than the last. By the time Tammy was removed from the home, after she and her older sister had been sexually assaulted, using drugs to ease the pain and smooth the scars had become a matter of survival.