Des Moines property taxes rising

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Des Moines City Council - Photo by WHO Channel 13

DES MOINES, Iowa)  The Des Moines City Council has unanimously approved a property tax increase, of 20-cents for every $1,000 of a property's assessed value.   

"We do have some things that have to get done."  Said City Council member Chris Coleman.  "We told the citizens it was a choice when they went out Tuesday (to vote) and we have to address this."  

The measure means a property valued at $125,000 would see a $25 property tax increase.

The move comes after Polk County voters rejected a one-cent sales tax increase this week.  The council says revenue generated from the property tax hike will go toward public safety and infrastructure repairs.

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