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Voters Renew Iowa Lakes Plant Levy

By Staff | Sep 16, 2010

Voters in the region served by Iowa Lakes Community College gave their approval to the renewal of a plant fund levy during a special election Tuesday, Sept. 14. Approximately 73 percent of the eligible voters in the region cast ballots to reauthorize the plant fund levy; with over 2,000 yes votes being cast, according to unofficial results Tuesday night.

Those unofficial totals show 2,256 “yes” votes were cast to reauthorize the 10-year plant fund levy for the institution, with 952 “no” votes cast against the question. In Palo Alto County, 520 voters cast “yes” votes, with 135 voters saying “no” to the question. A total of 662 votes, or roughly 60 percent of eligible voters, turned out for the special election.

““With the large turnout for this special election, the voters have stated their confidence in their community college and I just want to say thank you,” said Valerie Newhouse, President of Iowa Lakes. “We are extremely pleased with the results and the outpouring of community support for the renewal of our levy.”

The funds generated by the levy are used for maintenance and equipment for the college facilities.

“The college will continue to use due diligence in making good, sound fiscal decisions as we move forward,” said Pres. Newhouse. “This will ensure that the Board of Trustees and the college leadership have the tools to conduct strategic planning to continue to grow the college and provide the services for which our communities rely.”

The votes from Tuesday’s special election will be canvassed by individual counties in the Iowa Lakes region and will then be forwarded to Kossuth County Auditor Amber Garman. The entire group of ballots will be canvassed on Monday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. by the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors at the Kossuth County Courthouse in Algona.