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LETTER: ‘Fake news’ about taxes?

September 19, 2018

News stories in The Sioux City Journal in early 2018 stated that the Woodbury County tax levy would drop for the fourth straight year. In addition, city budgets proposed property tax relief for city residents. At that time, it was good news.

With a recent valuation increase that was announced in 2017, a lot of city residents will probably have higher house taxes to pay. My house taxes have increased over 2 percent per year over the last 17 years. My upcoming tax payment due in September is 5 percent more than September 2017.

With higher house taxes a likely outcome for many, the original news stories previously mentioned about levy reductions appear to be fake news. - James Hopkins, Sioux City

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