Voters turn thumbs-down to Siouxland school referendums

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Communities all across Siouxland headed to the polls Tuesday to decide the future of several school bond issues.  From new buildings to renovations and security improvements, we have a breakdown of the special election results.

Few school districts in the area have worked harder to pass a bond issue than Sgt Bluff-Luton.
One of the states fastest growing districts was looking for approval of a 62-million dollar bond issue to fuel construction of a new high school and athletic complex.

Recent measures failed in the district in 2016 and 2017 but district leaders say the current buildings are reaching capacity for enrollment and student numbers are continuing to increase.

But it was more bad news for the district on Tuesday.  A third attempt to pass bond measure failed.
Proposition “W” for the bond levy picked up only 47 percent support and needed 60 percent.  More than a thousand people cast ballots on each side of the issue.

Proposition “P” for the issuance of bonds also failing with only 56 percent support. Both of those measures needed 60 percent approval from voters.

Voters in the Akron-Westfield school district also said no to a bond issue for the third time.
What would have been 6.9 million dollars in improvements received only 49 percent approval.
Supporters had hoped more community input in the design plans would help get the measure passed, but that didn’t happen.

There were two measures on the ballot in Storm Lake and both failed.
Measure “A” for a bond issue of 29 million-dollars picked up 56 percent support.  Measure “B” would have allowed the cities debt services to be set higher than the approved level, but failed after getting only 55 percent support.  Both measures required 60 percent support.

An Ida County special election included 2 issues.  In the OA-BCIG school district a 15.9 million-dollar ask was before voters.  It Needed 60 percent approval but failed by the smallest margin, less than one percent.  Total numbers show 59.22 percent of voters approved the plan but that’s just shy of the 60 percent needed.  Meanwhile, better news from the Galva-Holstein school district where voters approved just more than 12 million dollars in bonds.  Nearly 80 percent of voters said yes, overwhelmingly passing the measure.

River Valley voters were asked to approve a physical plant improvement measure and they did.
Fifty-seven percent of voters approved that measure.

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