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Questions continue to swirl around Rep. Burt

by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Questions continue to swirl around State Representative Kerry Burt. Last week an audit of Price Laboratory School in Cedar Falls showed there was a discrepancy in registration fees charged to nine families, including Burt's. According to the report Burt owes the school around $37,000 for not living within the school district's boundaries.

Over the past couple of days in the KWWL newsroom we have received a number of e-mails and calls regarding the allegations surrounding Representative Burt. Many people want to hear his side of the story so on Thursday we gave him that chance.

Our search for answers began at Burt's home in Waterloo. Records show Burt put an address in cedar falls so his children could attend Price Laboratory at a lower cost. When we knocked, no one answered. Our calls to Burt were also not returned.

Black Hawk County Republican Chair Don Wood has asked for Burt to step down. He says Burt's elected position holds him to a higher standard.

"All of the people on that list deserve scrutiny, but when you have an elected official, someone who makes laws, we certainly want them to uphold laws and it appears at this point that there has been a violation, a serious violation," said wood.

Black Hawk County Democrats said they did not want to comment on an ongoing investigation, but Governor Chet Culver did express concern about the allegations earlier this week.

"I think everyone deserves their fair and due process, but this is a real concern that needs to be investigated thoroughly," Governor Culver said.

"I would like to see him step aside, and if he chooses not to, then I would hope his fellow Democrats would encourage him to do so," said wood.

Dubuque County GOP Chair, Brian Gilligan has also asked for Burt to step down. Gilligan is calling on House Speaker Pat Murphy to drop his support for Burt and demand his resignation from the Iowa House of Representatives.

If Burt would resign, as GOP leaders are asking for, Governor Culver would have to call a special election and that election would be held at least 40 days later. If Burt does not resign, the legislature reconvenes January 11th, 2010. 

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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