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Residents Weigh in On Proposed Tax Plan

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Just two trees was all that stood between Sam Gearhart and losing it all.

The trees next door to me diverted the Tsunami - I want to call it a Tsunami because it was a wave of water coming directly toward us, Gearhart said.

As a result her home's foundation stood strong.

The other two houses next door to me, their foundations fell in, Gearhart said.

It's one of the many stories to come out of 2008. Mayor Ron Corbett says while we're not completely past those memories, flood recovery is coming to an end in Cedar Rapids.

He and other Linn County mayors are saying it's time to divert the sales tax created for flood recovery.

We think its a good idea in Cedar Rapids to switch and start using the penny 100% for streets, Corbett said.

The plan would extend the current sales tax for another 10 years. Its set to expire in 2014.

Business owner Al Pierson, whose flower shop sits right by the Cedar River, says roads are important.

The streets definitely need work, the city doesn't have the money to do what needs to be done, Pierson said.

So is protecting his business and the neighborhood.

We need to divvy up that ten year plan and divide it between flood protection and streets.

Gearhart says neighborhoods ARE the priority, and criticizes the way the city and Corbett has used the funds so far.

He didn't use the money properly, and we're still not protected, Gearhart said.

After seeing how close the area came to trouble this spring, she already has her mind made up.

I do not want to go through it again. I'm not going to vote for it.
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