To the Newton Independent:
I had to sit up and take notice this morning after reading two different articles in the Newton Independent having to do with the Iowa Speedway.
On the one hand, there is an appropriations bill that has been in discussion now in the Iowa Legislature that would provide taxpayer money to develop the Iowa Speedway furhter to attract another class of NASCAR events. Been known that this was going on for a while. Sounds questionable, but no problem so far.
Then I read, after we are going to help the Iowa Speedway out, they want to have a cow about how their property is assessed. Man, talk about biting the hand that feeds you.
So, since they want their cake and eat it too, then we could reduce the assessed value of Iowa Speedway and also deny one dollar of assistance to help them develop it further. The we all would be in agreement - their property wouldn't be worth it for NASCAR to do more with them, so the value would drop and then they could enjoy the lower assessment that they want.
If they want Iowa to fork over taxpayer money to help them out, they need to shut their yap and quit trying to act like greedy little school children. They are perfectly fine with taking tax money from the citizens, but they will fight tooth and nail to keep from paying any more than THEY think is necessary.
Welcome to the world of greed and politics.