Editorial

Leave it alone

Friday, August 26, 2016

Gov. Terry Branstad is still pushing his plan to divert 3/8 of the revenue from a one cent sales tax earmarked for school infrastructure and equipment into a fund to deal with the state's water quality. Funds must be raised for water quality projects, but not at the expense of school funding that was approved by voters.

The one cent sales tax for schools was originally an optional tax, with funds distributed to schools within each county that approved it through referendum. After all 99 counties approved the option tax, it was replaced with a statewide tax, with funds distributed to school districts on a per-pupil basis.

A majority of voters in each of the 99 counties thought this tax was needed. We need to respect that.