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Proposal would raise property taxes to fund Lee County building project

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) - April storms caused over $50,000 in mostly electrical damage to the Lee County Conservation office, and now officials want you to help front the bill for a new building.
   
A proposal will go to the Lee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to approve $495,000 to fund a new building on the current property. The project would be funded by a property tax increase over the next ten years.

Officials say the project would not only give them a working facility again, but allow them to create an education center for visitors.

"Have different displays and types of things," Lee County Conservation Department Executive Director Tom Buckley said. "Mobile displays that are brought around the state at different times. Just be able to do a little more education and use the building and hopefully as an attraction for people to come and learn about about the other areas of the county that we do manage and we do encourage people to go and use."

Conservation officials say for a taxpayer with a home valued at $130,000, it would cost about $3.60 a year for ten years to fund the new building.
   
The request doesn't require voter approval, because officials say the amounted needed doesn't meet the threshold to be put on a ballot.




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