AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In other words, they’re for fun, which is taxable, not food, which is not. Now that’s right up there with declaring a phony emergency to enact a new phone tax, or raising utility rates to subsidize city government. It’s the sort of conduct we’ve come to expect from City Hall, and apparently it’s all too common elsewhere, too. This is the kind of government innovation we can live without. Iowa pumpkin tax shows not all government innovation is welcome PLEASE don’t alert Los Angeles City Hall about what Iowa did this Halloween. Someone might get ideas about how to collect even more taxpayer money to waste. In another act of government innovation, the Iowa Department of Revenue decided to collect sales tax on pumpkins this year by declaring them recreational purchases rather than sustenance. Despite the fact that pumpkins are actually food items, and do contribute to such very important dishes as pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin soup, most folks around October purchase them for use as jack-o’-lanterns. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!