Direct Shots

  • Check for Recalls online: To provide better service in alerting the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products, six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions have joined together to create www.recalls.gov, a ‘one-stop-shop’ for U.S. Government Recalls.
  • How Much Does it Cost You to Drive? AAA has created a brochure and provided an in-depth explanation to help you understand what it costs to drive your car. This data is dated 2016.
  • My Little Libraries promote literacy and the love of reading. Did you know there are over 50,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world?
  • The Cost of Raising a child: BabyCenter.com allows you to plug in certain variables to determine the cost of child rearing (with all the pertinent disclaimers, of course).
  • What’s for Dinner? That age-old question now has some help with these online menu planners which could help for a less stressful week!  Relish, All Recipes, Dinner PlannerQuick Healthy Meals in 45 minutes or less, Blue Zones Meals.
  • Informed Dining: See restaurant inspections on the web by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Search by filling in the information in the search boxes.
  • Agency Reporting of Gifts, Bequests and Grants: Reports from state agencies on gifts, bequests and grants they receive from private or other government sources can be viewed at the web site for the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, this includes gifts the Governor receives on behalf of the state.
  • Obtaining your Credit Report: It’s a good idea to periodically check your credit report to spot errors or fraud. The official site to obtain your free credit report is www.annualcreditreport.com. There are three main credit reporting agencies: Equifax,  Experian, and TransUnion.
  • Cost of Gasoline: There is a web site that helps visitors find the lowest gasoline prices in an area after typing in a specific zip code. GasBuddy is a portal to over 170 local or state sites that track what stations in each community are charging.
  • Appliance Help: If you’re in the market for new home appliances and enjoy research before purchase, you might want to visit www.appliance411.com which they claim provides “unbiased, helpful tips about home appliances.”
  • Life Expectancy Calculator: Ever wondered how your lifestyle habits and family history affect your longevity? The non-profit Alliance for Aging Research has a Life Expectancy Calculator based on centenarian studies and other medical research.

Additional Links

Listed alphabetically below are a variety of resource links where of information and data can be found. Please contact Team Mahaska should you find a broken link or if you have a suggestion for a resource link to be added. For fun and useful web surfing and information visit the “Direct Shots” page.

Mahaska Community Stadium

The Mahaska Community Stadium is located on the east edge of the Lacey Recreation Complex. The complex consists of first-class artificial turf football and soccer fields and an all-weather track.

The GPS address for the stadium is 2091 238th Street, Oskaloosa, IA 52577.

 

Recreation

Recreational opportunities abound within the Mahaska Community. A sister site, everythingMAHASKA, has been developed to provide more in-depth information surrounding recreation and entertainment opportunities throughout Mahaska County. everythingMAHASKA includes the Ultimate Community Calendar which is easily searchable, has a subscription option, and allows for front-end submission so area entities can place their events directly on the calendar.

The following links proved to the most search items prior to the redesign and are provided as a courtesy to our site visitors.

Housing

Statistical information regarding housing within the Mahaska Community is available through several resources including area Realtors and the Oskaloosa City Hall. The most recent addition to resource documents is the Comprehensive Housing Needs Analysis for Oskaloosa, IA (May 2017). This study was conducted by Maxfield Research & Consulting, LLC, and projects housing demand from 2017 through 2025. It also provides recommendations on the amount and type of housing that could be built in Oskaloosa to satisfy demand from current and future residents over the next decade.

Additional housing resources include:

Sales Tax

Hotel/Motel  TaxProperty Tax

The Iowa Retail Sales and Use Tax Record can be found on the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance web site. Information noted here is for the most current annual fiscal year, July 1 to June 30. Quarterly reports are also published (September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30).

In Iowa and for FY 2016, $2.7 billion in tax was reported on sales and use tax with the Department of Revenue. The following chart represents FY 2015.

City # of Returns Taxable
Sales
Computed Tax % of Tax
Oskaloosa  1,914 $167,950,161 $10,051,818 0.45%
New Sharon 323 $8,647,023  $518,693 0.02%
Fremont 111 $2,025,719 $121,543 0.01%
Leighton 66 $2,658,003 $159,480 0.01%
Eddyville 48 $837,078 $50,225 0.00%
Barnes City 45 $584,895 $35,094 0.00%
Other 181 $3,528,318 $211,699 0.01%
Totals 2,688 $186,231,197 $11,148,552 0.50%

Hotel/Motel Tax

Property Tax •  Sales Tax

Recreation is a key component of economic development and quality of life for a community which is the primary reason the Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation teamed up with the community to receive hotel-motel taxes as a result of a community vote in 1998. MCRF uses these funds along with grants, donations, and fundraisers to support the facilitation of recreation for the community. Read more about MCRF here.

The Hotel/Motel tax rate in Oskaloosa is 5%. Click here to be directed to the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance web site where the complete Hotel/Motel Tax Distribution Summary & Tax Jurisdiction with Rates can be found.

Distribution Summary for Oskaloosa:

  • Annual Fiscal Year 2016: $112,718.0
  • Annual Fiscal Year 2015: $116,951.80
  • Annual Fiscal Year 2014: $99,201.50
  • Annual Fiscal Year 2013: $97,772.90

Government – Local

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Mahaska County

Mahaska County Courthouse

The Board of Supervisors is the executive and administrative branch of county government. The supervisors make policy for the county, administer the various county programs and have final authority over the county budget. Its main responsibility is setting a county budget to meet the needs of the rural population in the township areas and the human service needs of the entire county. The three members of the Board of Supervisors are elected at large and serve overlapping four year terms. Visit their official web site for more complete information.

City Hall – Oskaloosa IA

City of Oskaloosa

The citizens of Oskaloosa have adopted Home Rule Charter, which provides for a Mayor-Council-Appointed Manager form of government and based upon the following principles:
1) That the government of Oskaloosa is a representative form of government directly accountable to its citizens, who all share the responsibility for it.  2) That the government of Oskaloosa, and those representing it, should be accessible and responsive to the people.
3) That each citizen has a right to obtain fair, equal and courteous treatment from each City official and employee.
4) That the government of Oskaloosa promote the health, safety and general welfare of its residents and encourage the participation of its citizens in their government in order to secure the full benefits of “Home Rule.”

More information can be found on their official web site.

Government

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Mahaska County Courthouse

Government*
[guhv-ern-muh nt, ‐er-muh nt]

  1. the political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states; direction of the affairs of a state, community, etc.; political administration:
    Government is necessary to the existence of civilized society.
  2. the form or system of rule by which a state, community, etc., is governed:
    monarchical government; episcopal government.
  3. the governing body of persons in a state, community, etc.; administration.

*Definition source: dictionary.com