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Discussion in 'CF Archive Bin' started by 83Clone, Jul 10, 2007.
Seems like once word really got out about this 2 weeks ago, it had no chance of passing. Had this been put to vote a few weeks ago, it would have been very close IMO. Good to see the people out voting.
Best news I have heard all day.
I don't even live in Des Moines, but I'm thrilled to see this get shot out of the sky. That last part in the KCCI story really hit the nail on the head- people are pissed off with the city and county governments and all the dumb stunts they've pulled in the last few years, and now it's payback time in the worst way.
Good for you, Des Moines. Good for you.
Great job everyone!!!!
Unfortunately we will have to be ready to do it again and again and again. Pierre Pierce and the local government have one thing in common, they do not understand that NO MEANS NO!
Hahahaha. That tells the story right there.
Burn b*tch burn. This was exactly what I was hoping for. Not only a no, but a hell no. I think this is a symptom of a larger issue. People are fed up with their government on all levels, and it's gone beyond apathy for once. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come. Everyone needs to get involved on every level to get things straightened out.
Here is a good stat to ponder (from the KCCI article), the Yes to Destiny people had $750,000 to "promote" this while the "no" people had $7,000. I wonder where that $750,000 came from?? I would bet anything that it is local tax money...just another reason why people don't trust the governments with more of our money.
The people have spoken. Loudly.
My guess would be donations from those who stood to make much more money if it had passed.
Note that these business' also own a lot of commercial property and stand to gain from the property tax relief. Principal Financial Group, for instance, paid an estimated $10.4 million while Wells Fargo paid roughly $4 million.
YES TO DESTINY:
Principal Financial Group, $100,000
Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines, $30,000
Iowa Health System, $25,000
MidAmerican Energy Holding Co., $25,000
Meredith Corp., $25,000
American Republic Insurance, $25,000
John Deere Credit, $25,000
Allied Insurance, $25,000
Mid America Foundation, $25,000.
per the DM register
Looks like our local government has too much money so they can spend it on items like this. With their tab of $250,000 and the $770,000 donated by the companies, some of their initiatives could have had a good start in funding!
Good job local governments and companies we are proud to call you our own!