If you’ve got fines to pay at the Pella Public Library, April will bring a great opportunity to take a bit out of them – In honor of National Library Week, the Pella Public Library will hold a food for fines drive April 8-14. The library will accept non-perishable food items in exchange for overdue fines. One food item will equal up to $1.00, with up to a maximum of $10.00 forgiven during the week. Each food item donated to the library will be given to the Pella Community Food Shelf. All donations must be in their original containers, unopened, undamaged, and not expired according to the package expiration date.Food donations are in lieu of overdue fines only, and cannot be used to clear fees for lost or damaged materials, printing, interlibrary loans, or other charges.
The Ottumwa school district got quite the shock from the IRS recently in the form of a $94,000 penalty. Chief Financial Officer John Berg told the board that a W-2 report due to the IRS by March 31, 2016 was not filed until July 6, 2016. The report was late due to a computer problem that delayed verification of employee social security numbers, Berg said, but he doesn’t know why the report was not filed until July. Unable to make a compelling reason to the IRS for the delay, the district was charged the standard fine, $100 per W-2, which for 941 employees equalled $94,000.