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Thursday, May 9, 2019 N/Warren Town and County News Page Five Legislative Newsletter Stan Gustafson Iowa House Representative District 25 stan.gustafson@legis.iowa.gov The Legislature is winding down and hopes to wrap up debate after we finish the last Budget Bill. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your input on issues that are important to you. Here is a good example of how citizens of Iowa, both in the public and the private sectors, have worked with the Legislature on very important legislation. HF733 was introduced in the House this session to address concerns by taxpayers regarding the increase in property taxes and to make local budgeting processes more transparent. SF634 was introduced in the Senate for the same reason. It is not unusual for similar bills to be introduced in both chambers. After receiving input from taxpayers and local elected officials, leadership in the House and Senate worked on an amendment to SF634 to address concerns raised about the Bills. SF634 was amended, passed by the Senate and the House took it up on Wednesday evening. It was substituted for HF733, debated and passed. Here is a link to SF634: Here is a link to the House Journal which explains. the process the Bill took in the House, including its substitution for HF733. https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/pubs/hjweb/pdf/April%2024, %202019.pdf#page=27. The discussion re: HF733/SF634 begins on page 1005. The intent of SF634 as amended, is to increase transparency of local budget processes. ' Local Budget Transparency Process: Cities and counties currently have various levies—some are capped, some are not. This bill does nothing to cap or uncap any levies. The process starts with a local government receiving the new assessments. Based on these new values—all levies are adjusted up or down to represent a rate that would bring in the same amount of tax revenue as the prior year. This is'the “effective rate.” The local government can then decide if this is the correct amount of tax to levy or if more or less is necessary. Next the local government needs to publish notice and have a hearing on what the levies will be. If the proposed levies bring in tax revenue that is increase of two percent or less—a resolution by a majority of board or council members must pass. If the proposed levies bring in tax revenue that is an increase of more than two percent—a resolution by 2/3 majority of board or council members must pass. After the resolution on the new levies has passed—the local government needs to publish notice of the budget they intend to pass. The same voting requirements apply. All of the information from the notices needs to be published on all local government websites and sadal media presences. Because of the new process—— the date to certify budgets is moved from March 15 to March 31. There is still a process in current law to object to a budget. SF634: requires more publication of budget changes; does not change IPERS, or any retirement or benefits levy; does not change any levy caps or combine any levies. IPERS: Concerns were raised about the impact of these Bills on IPERS. Requiring a local government to notify taxpayers when their property taxes increase has nothing to do with IPERS. Requiring local governments to vote to increase their budgets has nothing to do with IPERS. Here is a Statement issued by IPERS “We have received many questions regarding recently passed property , tax bill, Senate File 634. This bill does not alter the employers’ obligation to pay the employer portion of IPERS’ contributions as established annually under Iowa Code Section 97B.11. This bill does not affect a member’s or retiree’s pension.” https://www.ipers.org/node/ 104 1 Here is the link to SF634: httpszl/www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/ BillBook?ga=88&ba=SF634 I realize this is a lengthy explanation but wanted > you to understand thatyou‘r input, the input of other taxpayers, and of local ; governments, is very important in helping the Legislature draft bills. Public 5 entities should not make decisions in a vacuum, and it is important that you remain involved, not only ,with the State Government, but with your local \ governments so that the Board and Council members, your neighbors and fellow. taxpayers, will wisely spend your tax dollars to [make the best decisions possible i for your Community. Have a nice summer. DEA Warns of Alarming Increase of Scam Calls The Drug Enforcement Administration urges its DEA-registered practitioners and members of the public to be cautious of telephone calls from criminals posing as DEA or other law enforcement personnel threatening arrest and prosecution for supposed violations of federal drug laws or involvement in drug-trafficking activities. DEA continues to receive reports from practitioners and the general public, alike, indicating that they have received calls threatening legal action if an exorbitant fine is not paid immediately over the phone. Theacallers typically identify themselves as DEA personnel and instruct their victims to pray the “fine”. via wire transfer to avoid arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment. The reported scam tactics are continually changing, but often share many of the following characteristics: a ' Callers use fake names and badge numbers or, alternatively, names of well- known DEA senior officials. ' The tone of calls is urgent and aggressive; callers refuse to speak or leave a message with anyone other than the person for whom they are calling. a Callers threaten arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment, and in the case-of medical practitioners, revocation of their DEA numbers. ' Callers demand thousands of dollars via wire transfer or, in some instances, in the form of untraceable gift cards taken over the phone. ' Callers falsify the number on caller ID to appear as a legitimate DEA phone number. , - Callers will often ask for personal information, such as social security number or date of birth. - When calling a medical practitioner, callers often reference National Provider Identifier numbers and/or state license numbers. They also might claim that patients are making accusations against the practitioner. It’s important to underscore that DEA personnel will never contact practitioners or members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. DEA will not request any personal or sensitive information over the phone. Notification of a legitimate investigation or legal action is made via official letter or in person. Impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law. Anyone receiving a telephone call from a person purporting to be a DEA special agent or other law enforcement official seeking money should refuse the demand and report the threat using the online form (https://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/ esor/spring/main?execution=elsl) or by calling 1-877-792-2873. Reporting scam calls will greatly assist DEA in investigating and stopping this criminal activity. Any urgent concerns or questions, including inquiring. about legitimate investigations, should be directed to the local DEA field division. 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