Dakota Access disputes state archaeologist

A Texas oil company is challenging the findings and recommendation of Iowa’s state archaeologist to reroute its proposed Bakken oil pipeline in order to avoid northwestern Iowa’s Big Sioux River Wildlife area. Native tribes insist that the land is a sacred, ancient burial ground.

Lisa Dillinger, a spokeswoman for Dakota Access, said that State Archaeologist John Doershuk has jurisdiction of overseeing the relocation and handling of historic remains only if human remains found there are older than 150 years. Board Chairwoman Geri Huser was angered over the Iowa Utilities Board’s order to allow the construction because the permit is currently subject to judicial reviews. Dillinger contended that a 2004 archaeological survey cleared the property of any historic or archaeological sites. However, that survey was conducted for fence improvements and noted “no technique is completely adequate to locate all archaeological materials, especially deeply buried ones.” A spokesman for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources stated only: “We are going to continue to work with all of the parties involved until all of the questions have been answered.”

If you have any legal needs relating to a boundary dispute, the legal team at Arenson Law Group, PC can help. Call us at (319) 363-8199 to discuss the details of your situation and learn more about your rights and options under the law.

Attention Business Owners: You May be Eligible for the New Iowa Tax Credit!

The Iowa legislature recently enacted the Business Property Tax Credit. The credit will allow commercial-property owners to cut down on the property taxes in 2013 that will be payable in the fall of 2014 or the spring of 2015. This credit will apply to certain commercial, industrial, and railroad properties. It will not apply to properties such as agricultural property, residential property, property that is rented or leased under low-income housing, mobile home parks, nursing homes, or manufactured home communities.

The credit is designed to help small businesses in Iowa, but large businesses can take advantage of the credit up to a certain amount as well. The Iowa Legislature saw high commercial property taxes as a factor that decreases business growth and new job creation. Their hope is that by giving businesses this credit, it will also give local economies a boost. The Legislature estimates that the credit will about $523.

You must apply for the Iowa Business Property Tax Credit by January 15, 2014. Check out www.iowa.gov/tax/locgov/13PTReform.html to apply for the credit. You can also find more information here: http://www.iowa.gov/tax/locgov/BPTCInstructions.pdf. If you have questions about how the credit will affect your business or how you should apply for this credit, contact Arenson Law Group, PC at 319-363-8199 today, and will be happy to discuss the new credit with you.