Sunday, April 13, 2008

More Details About Upcoming Taxpayers Forum

Maquoketa—Iowa’s Auditor of State David Vaudt will be the main speaker at a Taxpayer Forum Sunday, April 27, at the Drew Gallery, Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E. Platt St., Maquoketa. He will give a presentation on the Iowa State Budget.

Vaudt, a Certified Public Accountant, is in his second term as Auditor of State. In 2004 he was named to Accounting Today’s “2004 List of 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.” His office serves as the “Taxpayers Watchdog.”

Vaudt is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Des Moines Chapter Association of Government Accountants.

He serves as Board Member of the Iowa Homeless Youth Centers and member of the Des Moines Rotary. He also has served on various other community and civic boards, including the Better Business Bureau, the Des Moines Playhouse, the Morris Scholarship Fund, the Iowa Supreme Court Client Security and Attorney Disciplinary Commission, and the Walnut Creek Family YMCA.

The public event starts at 1 p.m. with a luncheon. From 2-3 p.m., speakers will talk on tax and economic issues of interest to taxpayers. At 3 p.m. there will be a question and answer period.

Additional speakers:

  • U.S. Senate candidate Steve Rathje of Cedar Rapids will speak on federal taxes. Rathje is one of three Republicans running for Senate in the June primary. A successful businessman, he has received the “National Leadership Award” and “Business Advisory Council 2003: Businessman of the Year” award.

  • State Senator and Congressional candidate David Hartsuch, M.D. (R-Bettendorf) will speak on Iowa Legislative actions affecting taxes. He is a licensed Emergency Room Physician, and is also a CPA with public auditing experience.

  • Republican State Central Committee Co-Chairman Leon Mosley will speak on taxpayer concerns he has heard while traveling the state. A former Black Hawk County Supervisor, he also has worked on many civic projects.

  • Highway 30 Coalition Chairperson Edith Pfeffer of Clinton will speak on funding Iowa road improvements. She has also been involved with the Time-21 Initiative.

  • County Supervisor candidate David Kendell will speak on local tax concerns. He is a Bellevue farmer and businessman, and was previously on the Jackson County Board of Supervisors for eight years.

The Taxpayer Forum is sponsored by the Jackson County Republican Central Committee. Call 563-872-3705 or e-mail us at for ticket reservations. Tickets for the event are also available at the door at $10 each.