Radio commercials for Jim Heavens, Republican candidate for Iowa Treasurer, started this week. The Dyersville mayor last week made his bid for the position of state treasurer official. He turned in close to 1,500 signatures to the Iowa Secretary of State in filing for his candidacy for treasurer.
Heavens made several campaign stops last week and now is kicking off the electronic portion of the campaign. The ad is 15 seconds in length and emphasizes that he is the „Mayor of the town where the tax rate went DOWN‟. Very few mayors can claim they are lowering the tax rate for their citizens. Heavens can. Under his leadership, residents will not only see their property tax rate of $8.07 remain at that level, but the total tax bill will be lowered for the average tax payer by approximately five percent as a result of a reduction in the city‟s debt obligation. While the tax asking is down, Heavens is proud the town is still able to complete projects necessary for the community. “My experience and qualifications to be state treasurer come not only from administering budgeted amounts, but by working with those figures, and understanding the entire budgeting process. The citizens of Dyersville have certainly benefited from my resolve, and I would like to bring that experience to citizens of the entire state.”
Heavens has a wealth of experience to draw from. In addition to his duties as mayor, he is employed by US Feeds, a division of United Suppliers, Inc as a Staff Nutritionist and manager of the NutriMax product line. He has served as President of the local chamber of commerce board and still serves on several other boards. In April of 2009, he was the guest of the Nigerian Government at an Economic Summit where he presented a session, “Lessons Learned from the Accumulation of Wealth in Agriculture”.
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