Iowa is still tied to a horse and buggy era through its 99 counties. Now our elected officials are looking to reform the property tax system and potentially the income taxsystem. These are important and necessary acts in a democracy. However it is nonsensical to undertake these large scale reforms without first reducing the number of counties to a manageable level. 99 counties for 3 million people is simply absurd. It's the illusion of local control and service. This must be the first reform governmental reorganization reform that preceeds all others!
No tax reform until we give up the horse and buggy era.
Iowa's 99 counties are a relic from the horse and buggy era that we must give up before getting to tax reform.
Before attempting to reform the property tax system we need you, our democratically elected governor, to bring the number of counties down to a reasonable number - 99 counties for roughly 3 million people no longer males sense.
Most Iowans no longer drive buggies and we want our state map to quit looking like we are still hitching up the wagon to travel to the county seat.
Reducing the number of counties is important not only for tax reform - the reduction has immense implications for mental health reform, the delivery of services to rural areas, and countless other governmental functions.
As our governor it is your duty to bring the state to a more rationale and efficient number of county jurisdictions before attempting to reform the tax system (sales, property and income). Sure it will be tough to accomplish this, but it is your job to deal with the tough issues.