FRANCHISE FEE: Des Moines Heads To The Polls

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Des Moines voters are deciding on two separate issues Tuesday.

The first measure is whether or not to increase the current franchise fee for seven years.

It comes after a judge ruled the city charged an illegal tax by raising franchise fees on MidAmerican energy bills between 2005 and 2009.

The judge ordered the city to pay back $40 million. The city wants to raise that money by increasing future franchise fees.

gatto henryCity leaders say if voters reject the measure, they will increase property taxes to pay the bill.

Voters in Ward Four will also fill a vacancy on the city council.

The two candidates for the city council seat are Joe Gatto and Joe Henry.


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