Voters Approve $16M Bond Referendum

Estherville, Iowa — Voters in the Iowa Lakes Community College service area have approved a $16 million bond referendum. The election was on Tuesday, February 9th.

According to state law, the bond issue needed a 60 percent supermajority to pass, and received 62.4% across the college’s service area.

(file photo)
(file photo)

The individual votes were all tallied for the total, but just for a little perspective, the measure received 22% in Buena Vista County, 63% in Clay County, 48% in Dickinson County, and 74% in Emmet County. Kossuth County voters gave it 53%. Palo Alto County Voters gave it 68%, and there were only two votes in Winnebago County, both no votes, so zero percent there.

There were a total of 3177 votes, out of which 1984 were yes votes, giving the total of 62.4%.

According to college officials, the proposal was for a property tax of 11.7 cents per thousand on residential property and 21 cents per thousand on agricultural land for a 15-year term.

The funds will go to pay for a series of capital projects at the college’s campuses in Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer and Spirit Lake.

A small part of our coverage area is included in Iowa Lakes’ territory, including portions of the Harris-Lake Park School District in Osceola County and parts of the Clay Central Everly and Sioux Central School Districts in O’Brien Country.

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