The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 20, 2014

Local officials to meet state leaders

By Brenden West
Assistant Editor

CLINTON — Private citizens, elected officials, business leaders and the like will have a chance to give Iowa Legislators and Gov. Terry Branstad a scope of local issues next month.

On Feb. 6, 30 to 40 people will travel to Des Moines to speak face-to-face with state leaders about the needs of Clinton and its surrounding communities.

Tom Determann, city councilman and a coordinator of the Des Moines Day event, said planning the trip started in November.

“We go every year as a community,” Determann said. “We usually take about six topics that we’re working on. Usually 20 or 30 people are involved in the discussions.”

Local officials from neighboring cities to county officials are in the process of outlining what they’ll address when they meet with Branstad and others. Among the topics, said Determann, are tax increment financing and the hotly contested road-use tax.

From a city standpoint, Determann said he doesn’t want legislators to mess around with TIF.

“It’s about the only thing a city has for economic development,” he said on TIFs.

In addition to Branstad, the Clinton delegation is slated to meet with a number of high-ranking Iowa officials. Determann said the group will meet with House Speaker Greg Paulsen and Senate President Pam Jochum.

Before he was elected to the council, Determann was still part of the Des Moines Day trip, and said it’s important that local leaders participate.

“You have to do it,” he said. “They’ve always said to us that they can’t help us if they don’t know what we need.”