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After making national headlines for local race, what's next for Coralville?


Election Day is over but signs remain from a race that was unlike anything the City of Coralville has ever seen before. The small city of around 20,000 is getting pushed into national headlines.

"It was a little bit overwhelming," said John Lundell, Coralville mayor-elect. 

The Iowa chapter of the national conservative group Americans for Prosperity poured a lot of money into the race to educate voters on the city's use of tax increment financing (TIF) to build up areas like the Iowa River Landing. The incentives have put Coralville in major debt.

"We're going to continue to push for deficit reduction," said Mark Lucas, State Director for Americans for Prosperity.

However, all three candidates elected to the city council and the city's new mayor support the use of TIF, saying the city was making an investment in Coralville's future.

"It's the truth that counts more than all those mailings and so forth, and we always had the truth and the honesty and the facts," said Lundell.

Representatives with Americans for Prosperity tell us they're still very concerned about the debt here in Coralville, and they hope to work with the new council and mayor to improve it.

"The City of Coralville can move forward, we can all move forward, and try to work to making Coralville better financially," said Lucas.

Mayor-elect Lundell says a plan is already underway. The city has hired experts to help.

Americans for Prosperity won't say how much the organization spent this campaign season. Candidates have to file reports with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, but groups like Americans for Prosperity do not.

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