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Iowa city enhances its Dutch store front grant budget

Unanimous decision

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ORANGE CITY, Iowa - The Dutch store front program has survived its periodic city council review for another ten years during which the budget will remain unchanged. After discussing some tough questions, council unanimously agreed to raise the per-running-foot city subsidy from $300 to $500 although it also has set a maximum for the costs. The town which was founded by Dutch (im)migrant settlers in the 1870s, has many downtown buildings with a Dutch architectual design.

Building owners who wish to apply for a Dutch store front grant, first must consult an approved architect or contractor.

On average, the city in the past spent over $21,000 per Dutch store front on grants.

Vogel Paints, founded by Dutch immigrant Andrew Vogel who died a few years ago, is a major employer in the city.