Muscatine is wrapping up the two weeks of love project. In the Bible, the book of Mark, chapter 12, verse 31 says Love thy neighbor, and that's exactly what we've been doing. Last week we had the Hawkeye truck n trailer parked at Hy-Vee and thousands of pounds of food were collected and donated to the Salvation Army. This week it's been Toy Time. The Hawkeye Truck is parked at the Krieger Motor Company. You still have time, all day today to go donate a toy to toytime, and ensure that every kid in Muscatine has something to un-wrap Christmas morning.
Iowa farmland value has increased 5.1 percent since 2012.
The estimated value of the average acre in Iowa is $8,716. That's according to results of the Iowa Land Value Survey, conducted in November. Values increased in 2013 for the fourth year in a row and achieved historic peaks. Scott County, with an estimated $12,413 average value for all farmland, saw the highest average county values in the survey. Here are the local estimated values of farm acres:
Muscatine County $9,076
Louisa County $8,550
And Cedar County $9,566
Yesterday Phil Roberts reported on the property tax reform law that was passed this past session, by our Iowa Legislators. Great news, the thing is only 1/3 of Muscatine business have applied for the tax breaks so far, if you own commercial property here in Muscatine, you can save alot of money. You need to contact Muscatine County Assessor Dale McCrea immediately. The deadline for filing for the tax credit is in January 15th.
Muscatine City Council met this week, and one thing on the agenda were Tax Increment Finacing or TIF funds for the local Muscatine Heinz factory. The Heinz Company will apply for TIF from the state of Iowa for a project to expand their current facility. If this expansion happens, the expansion is intended to help the existing plant be able to take over the production of various Heinz products from Ohio, New Jersey, and Canada, and move those jobs right here to Muscatine, Iowa. If the plan succeeds, over 100 new jobs would be added to the Muscatine plant. These jobs would start off at $11.56/hour and if the employee meets the requirements over the first 3 years of employment, their paychecks will rise to over $15/hour. Muscatine City Administrator said the application will go to the State next week.
The Muskie Boys and Girls Basketball teams are playing an away game tonight in Davenport West.