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Special Election Results Canvassed By Supervisors

February 18, 2014
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

Palo Alto County Supervisors conducted a canvas of a special election in the West Bend-Mallard Community School District during the Feb. 11 board meeting.

County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Carmen Moser presented the board with the tally sheets from th election for the Revenue Purpose Statement, a public measure question to specify the use of money from the penny sales and service tax for schools received by the West Bend-Mallard Community School District.

The Revenue Purpose Statement would authorize how the school district could spend funds generated from the state-wide penny tax that is designated for school districts. Those funds are to be used for school infrastructure purposes and/or property tax relief.

"We used paper ballots for this election, since it was just a one question ballot," Moser told the Supervisors as they began the canvass.

In West Bend-34 votes were cast to support the question, with no negative votes. Mallard voters cast 15 yes votes and one nay vote. Additionally, two absentee votes were cast in favor of the public measure, giving the final measure a total of 51 yes votes and one no vote.

The canvas of the vote was approved unanimously.

"So what can those funds be used for?" asked Supervisor Linus Solberg.

Moser explained that the primary purpose was for infrastructure purposes, such as construction, remodeling and repair of school facilities, property for construction, or for the purchase of buses or public recreation equipment.

In other business, the Supervisors met with drainage engineer Rick Hopper of Jacobson-Westergard and Associates of Estherville to set a date and time for a pair of bid lettings.

"These are for projects on DD29, on Lateral seven and lateral 10,"?Hopper noted. "We could do them one right after the other, as some contractors might sharpen their pencil after the first bid."

After a check of dates, the board approved setting 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4, as the bid opening for DD29 Lateral 7, and 9:30 a.m. on March 4 for the bid opening on DD29, Lateral 10.

The board also approved Business Property Tax Credits as presented by County Assessor Lois Naig. The credits are similar to Military and Homestead Tax Credits.



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