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School district begins teacher contract talks

Contract negotiations are underway between the Sioux City Community School District and the teacher's union.  The two sides made their initial offers on Tuesday.  The Education Association wants a three-and-a-half percent increase in teacher salaries and a 75-cent-per-hour increase in wages for secretaries and instructional assistants.  The school board countered with a one-point-six-five percent pay increase for teachers, nurses, and counselors, and a one-point-seven percent increase for secretaries and instructional assistants.  The contract talks are expected to continue for several weeks.

City leaders look to avoid raising property tax rate in budget talks

The city council is hoping to avoid an increase in property tax rates as it works on the operating budget for the next fiscal year.  The city faces several challenges, including less funding from the state, increased litigation costs, and bigger payments to the state's police and fire pension system.  City Manager Paul Eckert says to make next year's budget work, departments were asked to cut where they could.  

UPDATE: CF Industries helps city and county settle differences

Sioux City and Woodbury County leaders are supporting Liberty Industrial Park and a second interchange near the Southbridge Industrial Park.  Talks have broken down in the past, but now the city and county are keen on marketing the two industrial parks together as a mega site.  City and county leaders are looking to approve the agreement at their next meetings.

MidAmerican Energy uses suns rays for power

MidAmerican Energy is going green. The company has installed 160 solar panels on the rooftop of its downtown Sioux City building.  Each panel can produce up to 235 watts of electricity for the building.  The solar panels will reduce the amount of carbon output that is similar to planting 78 trees.

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