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Thursday, February 7, 2019 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven Legislative NewsletterstanGustafson nceot ubhcanu ] Classified advertising is 25 cents a word with a $3.50 minimum and p " ' " p " " n. | Iowa House Representative District 25 Thank you ads of 30 words or less are $3.50 (plus 10 cents per additional word.) | stan.gustafson@legis.iowa.gov , Brin ads to the office with payment, or drop ads and payment in our door slot after hours. You may also g o Education: The Iowa Department of Education s email ads and drop payment at the office, as long as we receive payment before publication. annual Condition of Education report was released We reserve the right to accept or refuse any or all advertising. | last week. Some of the highlights: There are more than 37,000 full-time teachers in Iowa classrooms, an Publisher reserves the right to cancel any advertisement at any time. | increase of 3,100 since 2011. Public school enrollment Call 515-981-0406 or email ncws@norwalknewspaper.com with questions. | totals 486,264 and has grown for seven consecutive Deadline is noon on Friday. J years; The student-teacher ratio has dropped every year , even while enrollment has increased; Average teacher pay has increased to nearly $59,000. These stats and many more can be found in the 2018 Condition of Education Report: https://educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/ documents/2018ConditionOfEducation.pdf Funding: Work is continuing on the state budget and one of the top priorities is determining K-12 funding for the 2019-20 school year. We are well- positioned to set this within the first 30 days of session. Last session, funding for schools increased to an all- time high of $3.2 billion annually. That is an increase of $765 million since the start of the 2011-12 school year. Most importantly, schools have been able to rely on those funding increases and have never been cut, even in difficult budget years. We will also be looking at opportunities to help districts stretch their dollars further so that resources are making their way into the classroom. Last session, the Legislature provided schools with additional funding to reduce transportation costs and closed the per pupil inequity for the first time in decades. We will be looking to see if there are ways to improve these funding streams. Federal Taxes: The IRS is officially accepting and processing federal tax returns for tax year 2018 and expects the first refunds to go out at the beginning of February Check the %Vhere's My Refund?" website after filing to see where in the process your refund is. The filing deadline to submit 2018 tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2019. By law, any returns claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit will not see refunds before February 15. The IRS Free File program is available at IRS.gov and gives eligible taxpayers multiple options for filing and preparing their tax returns. This program available to individuals and families with incomes of $66,000 or less. Water Quality Demonstration Projects: The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) has extended three water quality demonstration projects focused on innovative ways to encourage adoption of water quality-focused conservation practices. The projects were initially funded in 2015 and are being extended for three years to scale-up their efforts and accelerate practice implementation in support of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The projects receiving extensions are the Taylor County Water Quality Initiative, Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative, and the Central Iowa Watershed Management Authority WQI Project. These projects will receive over $2 million in additional funding through the Iowa Water Quality Initiative over the next three years. In addition to the state funds, these projects will generate an estimated $5 million in matching funds and other in-kind contributions to support water quality improvement efforts. Additional details about these and all other demonstration projects that are part of the Iowa Water Quality Initiative is available at https:// www.cleanwateriowa.org/farm-l/. A total of 65 demonstration projects are currently located across the state to help implement and demonstrate water quality practices. Soil Management: The Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach has scheduled a short course dealing with soil fertility and nutrient management. The Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management Short Course will be held February 19- 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ames. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. with classwork beginning at 9 a.m. on February 19 and ending at 4 p.m. on Feb 20. Additional course information and online registration with credit card is available at www.aep.iastate.edu/soil Forums: The Winterset Chamber of Commerce is no longer sponsoring forums. If you are holding an event and would like me to attend, please contact me. Norwalk has a Town Hall meeting on the second Saturday of the month, 9:00 am to 10:30 am at City Hall. I usually attend this meeting. For Sale Services Services Valentine's Day Classified Ads Would you like to ex- press your love to your valentine in our news- paper? You can share a short note here in our classifieds section. Please use the classi- fled form to the right below and drop it off with your payment us- ing the drop slot be- hind the office. *For this special event, ads are $2.00 for up to 20 words. Additional words are 10 cents each. Friday, February 8th at noon is the deadline for these notes to be in our Feb- ruary 14th issue. Happy Valentine's Day! Commercial lot: .49 acres, Patava Concrete 400 North Avenue, Taking orders for tearouts, adjoins Casey's on the patios, replacement, new west side; $79,900. construction, driveways, 515 Lane, 3 BR, huge master, lower level family garage slabs. FREE room, 2 carport, will put ESTIMATES. Call Matt overhead door for garage; Palen, 210-1284, or Tim $145,900. Patava, 210-1285. 527 Lane, 3 BR, new kitchen and bath, laminated wood flooring, new windows, 1st floor Clean CutTree Service family room, LL family Removals, trimming, room and room for 4th stump grinding, brush bedroom; $142,900. cleanup, fully equipped 903 South Ave 3-4 BR, and insured. Free 1 V2 story, new roof and consultations, 981-0511. win-dows; $127,900. Call Black Gold Realty, - 515-681-6310 Help Wanted Part-time teacher for small child care center. M- F 2:30-5:30 with occa- sional extra hours available. Must be at least 18 years old. Duties include planning crafts and games, playtime super- vision, and some light housekeeping. Call 981- 0023. I I I I I I I I I I I I and County SUBSCRIPTION FORM For Residents of Warrm & Polk Counties One Year $20.00 Senior Citizens (65 years or older) $17.00 i I 1 I I I I I I I I I I I I Residents Outside of Varren | m & Polk Counties add $6.00 ; I ! I I I I New Rmewal Caned I i I i I Name I I I I Address I I I I I I I I Mail or drop off to: I : N/warren Town and County News I ,1122 Main Street, Suite 1 I I P.O. Box 325 I I Norwalk, IA 50211 I I I in i JR Be I li lie i I I I II I IllllllUBIB JR Turnbull's Tree Service Topping, Trimming, Tree and Stump Removal, Brush Clean-Up, Land Clearing. Free Estimates; Fully Insured. Kevin Turnbull 515-282-7739 Hate cleaning? Love cleaning? Norwex is the answer! Save you time, $, and risk of chemicals! Kim Ginkens, Norwex Ind. Consultant, 515-991-9821, KimGinkens.norwex.biz. It's easy to advertise in the N/Warren Town and County News classifieds. Use the form below to compose your ad, and mail or drop it by our office before 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. Use an envelope and our door slot after business hours. To keep costs down, classified ads must be paid for in advance. Classified ads are 25 per word with a $3.50 minimum. Simply count your words (phone number = 1 word) and multiply by 25 . Thank you ads of 30 words or less are $3.50, with 10 for each additional word. Classified ads must be paid in full before they will run. PI. ASE PRINT CI. ARLY PLEASE INCLUDE PAYMENT Name Address Phone We reserve the right to accept or refuse all adverlidng. Publisher reserves the right to cancel an adverlisement at any time. ,A :75':,[