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Thursday, April 6, 2023
Good Thursday Morning to You!

Your American dream becomes your worst nightmare. That was the title of an opinion column from Kent Carlson we published in CITYVIEW this month about recently announced property tax increases. Kent is your stereotypical, conservative, anti-tax guy, so I expected this from him. Then I received my assessment, and I realized I am right there with him.

Kent pointed out how the term “American Dream” was coined by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, James Truslow Adams, in 1931. His dream was simple: “Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” Kent stated that, for many Americans, a piece of that dream includes home ownership.

Kent wrote how local government “is in a unique position to not only cash in on the escalating value of your property but create the assessed value that determines their take. And the key word is take. After all, you are the inadvertent benefactor... NOT the fortunate beneficiary of their valuations. The net financial result of their efforts is a fine in the form of property tax they levy at their discretion.” Maybe you can relate.

I recently received a note from a concerned homeowner in a nearby county who told me the assessed value of his home went up $100,000. He said he challenged the assessment, and five people came out to look at the home and grounds. He shared that they never even went to the lower level, and most stood looking out the window, telling him what a nice view he had. They left his home, and the assessment did not change.

The letter I received from the assessor’s office stated that our simple, little townhome that we just purchased 14 months ago had a 27% increase in assessed value, which was a steep jump from what we just paid for it. I would gladly sell it to the government for what they are assessing it at.

As Kent points out, “You aren’t worth a nickel more after the assessor’s valuation than you were before, but you will be forced to fill their coffers with real cash from the imaginary numbers they created. They attempt to make you feel better by telling you how much your property has appreciated, but unless you sell that piece of your American Dream, it’s a moot point.”

According to Bryon Tack, the chief deputy for the Polk County Assessor's Office, the AVERAGE property assessment increases are 22%, the highest percentage increase to residential properties in the history of Polk County.

Will you protest your assessment and hope to get some relief? Try to sell your home for what the government thinks it is worth? Or stay put, shut your mouth and pay it? Shoot me a note and share your experiences with your American dream.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Coffee/Coffeehouse

1. Smokey Row Coffee Co.

2. Coffalo Coffee

3. Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure


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 As China finally reopens from "zero COVID mandates," farmers in China and almost all nearby nations are seeing 5% to 8% growth in sales from a year ago. Lemon farmers are leading the way, probably because many Asians believe lemons are a disease preventative.

Today is National Burrito Day in the US. @ChipotleTweets will be dropping codes all day that fans can text to 888-222 for a chance to win one of the 10,000 free burritos. The inaugural Burrito Eating Contest is today in Milwaukee.

It's Happy Hour all night on Thursdays at Chuck's (3610 6th Ave., Des Moines), plus it's karaoke night night with Sherry Oke.

— Jim Duncan

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Hang in there... we're going nowhere but up. A beautiful Easter weekend is ahead with only a tiny rain chance Sunday into Monday. Enjoy it!

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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On April 6 ...

1917: April 6, 1917: Two days after the U.S. Senate voted 82 to 6 to declare war against Germany, the U.S. House of Representatives endorses the declaration by a vote of 373 to 50, and America formally enters World War I.

1909: On April 6, 1909, American explorer Robert Peary accomplishes a long elusive dream, when he, assistant Matthew Henson and four Inuits reach what they determine to be the North Pole. Decades after Peary’s death, however, navigational errors in his travel log surfaced, placing the expedition in all probability a few miles short of its goal.

1896: On April 6, 1896, the Olympic Games, a long-lost tradition of ancient Greece, are reborn in Athens 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I. At the opening of the Athens Games, King Georgios I of Greece and a crowd of 60,000 spectators welcomed athletes from 13 nations to the international competition.

Read more at History.com.


FROM KCCI: New law revamps state government, brings major changes for Iowans

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed her nearly 1,600 page state government reorganization bill into law Tuesday which will impact how and where Iowans access public services. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa State Fair announces comedy, rock shows on Grandstand

DES MOINES, IOWA — The Iowa State Fair has filled two more nights on the 2023 Grandstand concert calendar, announcing a comedy show and rock concert on Wednesday. On Monday, August 14th, The Black Keys will headline with special guests The Velveteers. The rock duo has won five Grammys. Their best-known hits include “Gold on the Ceiling”, “Lonely Boy” and “Tighten Up.” ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa DNR rescues porcupine from hotel parking lot in Sioux City

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — One tiny adventurer found himself in a bit of a prickly situation in Sioux City this week. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources found a porcupine in a hotel parking lot, the agency said on Facebook. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Overcoming the fear

Fear of water

Cindy Marnin-Borcherding overcame her fear of water in a big way — she went snorkeling in the ocean. She may never become a full-time diver, but she says she is happy she faced her fear and rose to the occasion.

“I can’t say I will ever do it again. But, I can say that I did it,” she says.

Cindy says she developed a fear of water (lakes, swimming pools, oceans, etc.) when she was 5. In response, her parents put her in swimming lessons with her three elder siblings, to help her learn to swim and gain confidence in the water. Unfortunately, her fear was heightened when the lifeguard placed her in the same water depth as her older brother.

“I struggled. I cried, and I didn’t want to go back. So, therefore, I didn’t,” Cindy says.

... Read more in the April issue of Adel Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Paul Rudd, Peyton List, Zach Braff, Michael Rooker, Diora Baird, John Ratzenberger, Billy Dee Williams, Marilu Henner, Charlie McDermott

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Which friends should you always take out to dinner? YOUR TASTE BUDS! - Gail Tomlinson

Today's Riddle

What’s the best food to eat before a workout?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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