The Local Option Sales Tax and Funding City Government

JANUARY 18, 2019

Josh Mandelbaum, Des Moines City Council, Ward 3; Staff Attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Waveland Hall
4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines

$10 per person (payable at the door) — includes lunch

At the January Crossroads, our discussion will look at the local option sales tax available to municipalities in Iowa. We’ll explore how local option sales tax dollars would be used in Des Moines, current funding levels for city government, and weigh the impacts tax policy and levels of services on the constituents served at the local level.

Josh Mandelbaum was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He served as a policy advisor to Governor Vilsack and Lt. Governor Pederson. During his service, Josh had a role in many of the Vilsack-Pederson administration accomplishments such as the establishment of the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, the creation of the Office of Asian and Pacific Islanders, and initiation of a Spanish language interpreter program. His efforts helped thousands of Iowans receive increased access to health care through the hawk-i and Medicaid programs, and improved mental health, family planning, and wellness care through legislative initiatives. After graduating from law school, Josh worked at a firm in the Quad Cities before returning to Des Moines to work for the Environmental Law and Policy Center. He is a strong advocate for improving Iowa’s water quality.

Josh is a member of the Polk County Early Childhood Iowa board and a founding advisory board member of the University of Iowa REACH (Realizing Education and Career Hopes) program that provides students with cognitive and learning disabilities the post-secondary training they need to hold employment and live independently. He currently serves on the Greater Des Moines Jewish Federation and has previously served as a board member of the Iowa Jewish Life Center.

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Crossroads is a monthly gathering of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa. An opportunity to learn, to participate in civil dialogue, and to discuss issues at the crossroads of religion and politics.