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3:49 am
Thu March 9, 2006

Fort Madison Budget Approved

Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison's property tax rate will go up next year. The Fort Madison City Council has approved the city's spending plan for the fiscal year that begins in July. The city's property tax rate will go up 19 cent, compared to the current budget. A change in the state's property tax formula will likely result in lower tax bills, though, for most homeowners. The budget does not include any lay-offs or service cuts, even though the issues were discussed throughout the process. The city council used fee increases and large fund transfers to balance the spending plan.

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WIUM Local
12:58 am
Thu March 9, 2006

Schuyler County Hog Farm Proposed

Rushville, IL – Operators outlined plans for a 15,000 pig hog farrowing operation at a Department of Agriculture meeting in Rushville. Hilltop Farms would construct the facility just under five miles east of Littleton. Neighbors outlined concerns including pollution, dangers to public health and problems with traffic around the site. They also expressed concern that the Environmental Protection Agency would not be able to monitor it effectively. The Schuyler County Board has until mid-April to either recommend for or against the facility.

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6:07 am
Wed March 8, 2006

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WIUM Local
3:43 am
Wed March 8, 2006

Keokuk School District to Form Facilities Committee

Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk School District will again take a detailed look at its facilities. The school board wants to form another facilities committee, similar to a panel created in 2001. Business Manager Greg Reynolds says the committee would consist of community, education, business, and government leaders from throughout the city. Some of the short term goals, presented by the previous committee, included building a new alternative school and selling the old middle school lot on Main Street.

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WIUM Local
10:13 am
Tue March 7, 2006

Water Rate Hike on Hold in Fort Madison

Fort Madison, IA – An effort to increase the cost of water in Fort Madison is on hold. The Fort Madison City Council voted to delay the final vote on a proposed water rate increase for at least a couple of weeks. The measure under consideration would increase monthly water bills for residential and commercial customers by about 25%. Industrial and wholesale rates would also go up. Alderman Greg Smith says the council needs more information about what the new revenue will be used for. The council will hold a workshop, next Tuesday, to discuss the future of the city's water system.

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