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Iowa Legislature Mulls Raising Sales Tax PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Tuesday, 27 March 2001 18:00
• The Iowa House of Representatives will be looking at a proposal to raise the state’s sales tax to 6 percent and use the money to pay for school construction and repair. Inspired by the success of a 1998 law that allowed counties to pass a 1-cent sales-tax increase to pay for school capital projects, the bill aims to provide property-tax relief and tax equity statewide.

Bettendorf Fire Department Gets Truck, No New Firefighters PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Tuesday, 20 March 2001 18:00
• The Bettendorf City Council recently approved a budget that includes purchase of a new $600,000 fire truck but doesn’t include any money for new personnel. This is despite an $85,000 study last year that recommended adding at least four paid firefighters and a captain to the department, which currently has 37 volunteers and 18 paid members.

Another Pathetic Voter Turnout PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Tuesday, 13 March 2001 18:00
• A mere 10,562 of the 63,236 regis- tered voters in Davenport (17 percent) bothered to vote in last week’s election. Davenport residents had more at stake in the election than other Scott County residents, as they got to winnow down the list of candidates for alderman-at-large in a primary, as well as choose a sheriff.

Best of the Quad Cities 2000 PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
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Tuesday, 13 March 2001 18:00
For the fifth consecutive year, the River Cities’ Reader offers the results of our annual Best of the Quad Cities poll. The ballots were printed in December of last year, and the results reflect our readership’s views on what was best in Y2K.

Artist Makes the Kaleidoscope a Communal Experience PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Tuesday, 06 March 2001 18:00
If you make kaleidoscopes and want to make any money doing it, the normal course of action is to come up with a basic design and build lots of them, with slight variations to keep you interested, if that matters.

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