Northeast Iowa Voters Go to the Polls in Special Elections
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.