Iowa Farm Bureau seeks end to property tax financing of mental health services
January 13, 2020 By Ken Anderson Filed Under: Iowa, News
Iowa Farm Bureau wants the state legislature to remove the costs of Iowa’s mental health system from the backs of property taxpayers.
Farm Bureau president Craig Hill says the
state should be paying for mental health services.
“We believe in sustainable funding—the equitable
funding—of mental health services, of course,” Hill says. “But it shouldn’t
fall on the back of property taxpayers, and we’d like to see the state pick up
Hill says property taxes should pay for
property services, while people taxes—sales and income taxes—should pay for
people services. Hill says that would help address the growing disparity in
property taxes across Iowa.
“We have quite a disparity of what is being
paid by those in unincorporated areas versus those in incorporated areas. In
fact, about three times more is being paid by a rural citizen, in terms of
property taxes, than someone living in an urban setting or in the city.”
The mental health funding issue is one of Iowa Farm Bureau’s top legislative priorities in 2020. The Iowa legislature began its 2020 session on Monday.
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