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Page Six N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, March 14, 2013 m CHOW GYMNASTICS The Chow's Boys Gymnastics teams competed in the Iowa Boys Invitational Gym- nastics Meet February 22-24, in Iowa City. In team competition, the Level 5 and Level 6 teams each placed 1st. Individual All-Around Awards for Level 4 included: Age 7-8--Kevin Chow 2nd- West Des Moines and Michael Nguyen 6th-Fort Dodge. Individual All-Around Awards for Level 5 included: Age 7-8--Matthew Nguyen lst-Des Moines. Age 9-10--Jackson Mellencamp lst-Prole; Jude Nora's 3rd-Altoona and Tanner Gearheart 4th-Ankeny. Age ll+--Chantz Nittler 2nd-Prole. The Level 5 team placed 1st in team competition. Individual All-Around Awards for Level 6 included: Age 9-10--Tyson Trimble lst- West Des Moines. Age 1 l+-Noah Scigliano lst-Des Moines; Ben Eyles 2nd-Ames and Colin Pitz 3rd-Ankeny. The Level 6 team placed 1st in team competition. Individual All-Around Awards for Level 7 included: Age 11-12--Carter Tope 2nd- Urbandale. Age 13+--Will Garrison 6th-West Des Moines. (NAPS)InTo reduce the threat of West Nile virus, you must eliminate standing water in gutters. Rainhandler re- places your guO--no stand- c -" J mg water ever. It converts roof runoff to rain-sized drops spread away from your home. Get more information at www.rainhandler.com or phone 800-942-3004. LEVEL 5, left to right: Coach Nong Qiang, Tanner Gearheart, Chantz Nittler, Mat- thew Nguyen,-Jude Norris and Jackson Mellencamp. LEVEL 6, left to right: Kylar Desmond, Tyson Trimble, Coach Nong Qiang, Ben Eyles, Noah Scigliano, Grant Ernzen and Colin Pitz. t (NAPS)---For 25 years, the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP)--which operates the Be The Match Registry--has connected altruistic donors with pa- tients. The NMDP opposes paying donors, as it doesn't address the real barriers that prevent patients from receiv- ing transplants and could have disastrous consequences. A Wakefield Research sur- vey conducted for Abreva found that 93 percent of Americans have purchased look-alike treatments" in the past solely because they are less expensive. A Wakefield Research survey conducted for Abreva found that 93 per- cent of Americans have pur- chased '%ok-alike treatments" in the past solely because they are less expensive. For people with migraines, ginger can be a drug-free way to relie:ce nausea. Now ginger comes in a convenient gum from Sea-Ban& To learn more, go to www.sea-band, corn and "like" thecompany at www. facebook.com/seaband. LEVEL 4, left to right: Kevin Chow, Michael Nguyen, with Coach Nong Qiang. Photos submitted. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Warren County Board of Supervisors will h'old a public hearing on March 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room on the second floor of the Warren County Administration Building, 301 N Buxton Street, Indianola, Iowa. During said public hearing the Warren County Board of Supervisors will consider the proposal of Andy Angrick to pur- chaseWarren County's interest in the following real estate: Greenfield Township, Section 10, Warren County, Iowa, Tax Parcel 05000100825, Eleven (11) acres more or less and Tax Parcel 05000100840, Forty (40) acres more or less and all of Warren County's interest in the easement for access purposes set out in War- ranty Deed Recorded in Book 159, page 319, in the records of the Warren county Recorder. Mr. Angrick has offered $4,100.00 for both parcels and wishes to use the prop- erty for recreational purposes. At the Public Hearing other proposals wilt be considered.They may be mailed to the Warren County Auditor, 301 N. Buxton, Suite 101, Indianola, IA, by March 15, 2013 or brought to the public hearing. After the Public Hearing the board may choose by resolution from among the proposals submitted or may reject all proposals and submit a new.request for proposals. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Special Session March 4, 2013 The meeting was called to order at 6:07 p.m. Directors Present-Katherine Schmidt, Tom Phillips, Deb Hobbs, George Meinecke, and Rick Kaul. The following motions were made, seconded, and approved: Approved the Personnel Changes as listed. Approved tabling the introduction of the new Oviatt principal. Approved application for a grant from the Warren County Philanthropic Part- nership to purchase and install two Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. Official minutes will be available following board approval. Kate Baldwin, Board Secretary Legislative News By State Representative Julian B. Garrett Funnel Date Passes March 7 was a "funnel date" meaning that non-money bills that have not been approved by a committee are likely dead for this session. The days before the funnel date are very busy with legislators trying to get their bills through a committee. I am floor manager for a num- ber of bills that were passed by a committee and there- fore are eligible for floor debate. Some are more impor- tant than others. Among the bills I am handling are: 1. House Study Bill (HSB) 105-A bill providing for a sentence of life with the possibility of parole after 45 years, or, in rare cases, life without the possibility of parole, for a minor who commits first degree murder. Our present law was rendered unconstitutional by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole constitute cruel and unusual punishment. 2. HSB 110-The bill, that I described last week, to help recover erroneous payments and pa,ments made be- cause of fraud in the Medicaid program and to punish perpetrators. 3. HSB 121-Abill to allow local governments to regu- late obscenity in live acts. The Iowa Supreme Court had ruled that state law pre-empted local law and prevented local governments from regulating such conduct. 4. House File 341-This bill would require Iowa high schools to teach students about the Declaration of Inde- pendence. Though the law currently requires instruc- tion on the Constitution it does not mention the Decla- ration of Independence. 5. HSB 89-A technical bill to update provisions in programs administered by the Department of Educa- tion. 6. HSB 34-Another technical bill relating to the State Public Defender's office. 7. HSB 46-Still another technical bill updating the law regarding operations of the Department of Aging. Property Tax Reform As I have pointed out on several occasions, property taxes for all Iowans will continue to increase as long as the legislature takes no action. Estimates are that if we do nothing, property taxes will increase by $2.6 billion over the next ten years. Governor Branstad and House Republicans have made several proposals to reform our present system over the last two years, but the Senate leaders have rejected all of them. Under current law, valuations for residential arid agricultural property can go up as much as 4% per year. Presently, residential properties and agricultural properties are taxed on just over one half of their as- sessed valuations through a process called the roll back. Commercial and industrial properties are taxed on their total value. The Governor is proposing that taxable valu- ations on commercial and industria] property be rolled back in increasing steps until they reach 80% of total values. The cap on increases in valuations for agricultural and residential properties would be lowered from 4% to 2% immediately. The 2% cap would go into place for commercial and industrial property when the 80% valu- , ation level is achieved. The state would reimburse local governments and schools for lost revenue, a process commonly called a "backfill." This would avoid shift- ing the property tax burden from commercial and in- dustrial property to residential and agricultural prop- erty. It is estimated that the plan would save taxpayers $400 million when completed. The Senate Democrats are proposing a more modest plan saving about $250 million through a tax credit for properties valued at $324,000 or less. Their plan only applies to years when the state's revenue growth is 4% or better. Taxpayers would not know what their tax would be from year to year until they found out about revenue growth. We always hope that all parties can come to an agreement to provide relief for Iowans from the impending prop- erty tax increases. S T A N D R IE G,R 0 U P LEADERS IN COMMUNICATION SOLUTIONS N. NEWTON STANDRIDGE (515) 229-5310 WWW. STAN DRI DG E G ROUP.COM 1304 Skylane Drive, Norwalk, IA 50211 PRINTING AND PROMOTION providing solutions for print, design and specialties