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September 27, 2012

J-E holds candidate forum

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Keeping people in the small, rural communities
 
"We need to fund the schools," Suhr said. "The schools are critical, vital to those communities. Earned income credits would help."
 
"We need to look at property taxes," Heartsill said. "There is a disincentive to make improvements at a property. We need to look at ways to tax the purchase price and not the accessed value."
 
"Small school are being forced to consolidate," Sinclair said. "Don't force them to do this, let the communities decide. Property taxes can ben prohibitive and regulations from the state are killing small towns. Don't make people pay more when they choose to be there because it was cheaper in the first place."
 
"Property taxes help schools," Schrad said. "Cities and counties need that funding. There needs to be stable revenue for the communities and they need to find alternative revenue, which that idea has never been favorable."
 
Closing thoughts
 
In closing, Heartsill commented that the tough questions need to be asked in Des Moines.
"Are we doing things efficiently," he asked. "We need accountability and need to work for the tax payers. Government has an appetite for your money."
 
"We need to handle all the issues, not just the money," Suhr said. "Issues come up every day and we need to listen and try to help."
 
"I don't have faith in government to solve all the problems." Schrad said. "But I think we can do our best. We need to get serious about tackling government at the local and federal level."
 
"I am passionate about rural Iowa," Sinclair said in closing. "We need to return education in Iowa to the gold standard, where it once was. I want to make Iowa families strong. I won't forget where I came from or who I represent. I want to work hard for the State of Iowa."

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