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Case No. 19-1010

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Al Brueggeman, Dan Breuker, Tom Bremer, Roger Bosma, Mark Dillehay, Randy Rowe, Allen Rowe, and Jarrod Wallace
v.
Osceola County, Iowa and City of Harris, Iowa

Appellant

Al Brueggeman, Dan Breuker, Tom Bremer, Roger Bosma, Mark Dillehay, Randy Rowe, Allen Rowe, and Jarrod Wallace

Appellee

Osceola County, Iowa and City of Harris, Iowa

Attorneys for Appellant

Aaron W. Ahrendsen and John C. Werden

Attorneys for Appellee

Stephen G. Kersten

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-1010
Date Published:
Nov 04, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Osceola County, David A. Lester, Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Heard by Doyle, P.J., and Tabor and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (17 pages)

            Taxpayers appeal the district court’s decision dismissing their petition for writ of certiorari challenging the actions of the city council and the county board of supervisors in establishing an urban renewal area with tax increment financing.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the City of Harris and Osceola County did not comply with the formal requirements under Iowa Code sections 364.3(1) and 403.17(4) (2015) before creating the urban renewal area, we find the district court erred.  Following our case law, which highlights statutory compliance and formal approval of municipal contracts by government entities, we reverse and remand. 

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