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IVCCD Bond Referendum fails by narrow margin

Iowa Valley Community College District’s $32 million General Obligation Bond Referendum received 58.39% approval from voters yesterday, missing the required 60% approval by an estimated 62 votes. A total of 3,814 ballots were cast, including 1,496 who voted by absentee ballot or at satellite voting stations in March.

In an email to IVCCD Board members and all employees, IVCCD Chancellor Dr. Chris Duree wrote: “Without overthinking the multitude of possible reasons the issue was not passed by our voters, we have to accept the reality that this one was simply not meant to be on the first attempt. However, everyone should know that the defeat was not due to a lack of effort, and I will take this opportunity to thank everyone who poured out their passion, energy, and commitment in support of our colleges over the last several months. I could not be more proud of the way so many people stepped up and helped us give it our best shot.”

The unofficial voting results are as follows:

Precinct Name Yes No Total % of Passage
East Marshall/ Le Grand 30 49 79 37.97%
GMG1 Garwin 10 25 35 28.57%
GMG2 Green Mountain 15 13 28 53.57%
Mtown1 Iowa Veterans Home 124 76 200 62.00%
Mtown2 Fisher Comm. Center 268 251 519 51.64%
West Marshall/ State Center 45 49 94 47.87%
BCLUW/Conrad 46 34 80 57.50%
AGWSR1 Wellsburg 15 14 29 51.72%
AGWSR2 Ackley 36 23 59 61.02%
Alden 14 8 22 63.64%
Iowa Falls 234 70 304 76.97%
Eldora/New Providence 44 92 136 32.35%
Hubbard/ Radcliffe 12 28 40 30.00%
BGM 7 20 27 25.93%
Grinnell 246 206 452 54.42%
Montezuma 13 51 64 20.31%
Gladbrook 19 22 41 46.34%
Tama 40 69 109 36.70%
Absentee 1,009 487 1,496 67.45%
TOTALS 2,227 1,587 3,814 58.39%

The official canvass for Marshall County will take place at 9 am on Tuesday, April 9, on the second floor of the Great Western Bank building, 11 N. First Ave. The canvass for all 10 of the counties involved in the election will be held 1 pm on Tuesday, April 16, at the same location.

For more election information, see the Marshall County Recorder’s website at http://www.co.marshall.ia.us/departments/auditor/election/electiondetails/2019-elections/ivccd-bond-election-april-2-2019/.

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