Americans for Prosperity express interest in Coralville election - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Americans for Prosperity express interest in Coralville election

Posted: Updated:
WATERLOO (KWWL) -

An eastern Iowa municipal election has snagged the eyes of a national conservative political advocacy group.

Americans for Prosperity has gotten involved in Iowa politics for the last few years.

The Iowa chapter now has its sights on the City of Coralville. It says it's the city's debt that caught its attention.

"I find it very frustrating how a local municipal government has got a $280 million deficit," said Mark Lucas, AFP-Iowa Director.

Lucas said Coralville has the highest deficit per capita in the entire state of Iowa.

This concern with the city's debt apparently led to AFP's investigation of radio station KCJJ. The group claims it was looking for unethical behavior between the station and the city, such as a buyout deal that would only add to the deficit.

KCJJ owner Steve Soboroff said the group's tactics, however, have been questionable.

"They've been talking to my neighbors, investigating going up and down the street," Soboroff said. "I've been chased out of my neighborhood twice. I've had threatening letters."

He said it's more intimidation than a simply inquiry.

Lucas with AFP-Iowa denies that anyone with the organization would threaten the station. He said AFP is most concerned with policy -- not personalities.

AFP believes the way Coralville uses TIFs - tax increment financing - is diverting dollars away from things such as education, roads and bridges. Lucas also said a property tax increase would likely occur if nothing is done regarding the deficit.

Coralville Mayor Jim Fausett said citizens have never complained to him or the city about the debt. He said they are happy with the amenities provided and the lifestyle there.

Fausett will not be running for another term as Coralville mayor. The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5.

  • NEWSNEWSMore>>

  • Governor requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for 22 Iowa counties

    Governor requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for 22 Iowa counties

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:26 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:26:45 GMT
    Governor Terry Branstad signed a letter on Tuesday to be delivered to President Obama requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 22 Iowa counties where significant damage was sustained from severe weather that occurred between June 26 and July 7, 2014.The counties included in the request are the following: Audubon, Black Hawk, Butler, Cedar, Des Moines, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Mahaska, Muscatine, Poweshiek, Tama and Wash...More >>
    Governor Terry Branstad signed a letter on Tuesday to be delivered to President Obama requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 22 Iowa counties where significant damage was sustained from severe weather that occurred between June 26 and July 7, 2014.The counties included in the request are the following: Audubon, Black Hawk, Butler, Cedar, Des Moines, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Mahaska, Muscatine, Poweshiek, Tama and Wash...More >>
  • Registration open for bags tournament in memory of Black Hawk Co. Deputy

    Registration open for bags tournament in memory of Black Hawk Co. Deputy

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:24:06 GMT
    Family members of former Black Hawk County Deputy Doug Norton have opened up registration for their third annual Memorial Bean Bag Tournament.Norton died in 2011 after a heart attack following a workout near his home. He was 32 years old.The Deputy Doug Norton Memorial Bean Bag Tournament will be held Saturday, August 23, at the 4-H Building in Waverly, beginning at 11:30 a.m.Proceeds from each team's $35 entry fee will be used for a scholarship for Waverly-Shell Rock High School students who...More >>
    Family members of former Black Hawk County Deputy Doug Norton have opened up registration for their third annual Memorial Bean Bag Tournament.Norton died in 2011 after a heart attack following a workout near his home. He was 32 years old.The Deputy Doug Norton Memorial Bean Bag Tournament will be held Saturday, August 23, at the 4-H Building in Waverly, beginning at 11:30 a.m.Proceeds from each team's $35 entry fee will be used for a scholarship for Waverly-Shell Rock High School students who...More >>
  • Two injured in Bremer County crash

    Two injured in Bremer County crash

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:22:57 GMT
    Two people were injured in a crash early Friday morning in Bremer County.More >>
    Two people were injured in a crash early Friday morning in Bremer County.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.