Some special elections were held in Northeast Iowa yesterday (Tuesday, May 1).


In Decorah, residents were asked to decide on establishing a municipal electric utility for the city. The outcome of the vote is still too close to call: 1,384 "no" votes to 1,380 "yes" votes, but there are still 15 absentee ballots yet to be counted.

In Strawberry Point, a one-percent local option sales and services tax was approved, with just over 67% voter approval. The money would be used for fire protection services, emergency medical services, and city maintenance projects.

North Buena Vista residents elected a new city council member: Robert Ludovissy received 35 votes, to 29 votes for James Ludovissy.

Voters in Floyd County have approved a bond issue to pay for a new law enforcement center. The $13.5 million bond was approved by nearly 69% of Floyd County voters; it needed a super-majority of at least 60%. The money will also be used to pay for improvements at the 77 year old courthouse in Charles City.

And Cascade voters approved building a new $2 million municipal swimming pool. The unofficial vote total was 364 yes, to 30 no votes.