DENISON, Iowa | Voters in Crawford County overwhelmingly rejected a measure Tuesday that would have raised funds for a proposed dialysis treatment center in Denison.

By a vote of 1,360 to 982, voters turned down a $2.65 million bond for the facility. At least 60 percent was required for approval.

Plans called for the facility to be housed in a former Bomgaars store in Denison, purchased by the Hospital Foundation of Crawford County and operated as the Good Samaritan Center.

Elsewhere in Northwest Iowa, voters in Onawa and Sheldon approved hotel and motel sales tax increases.

In Onawa, by a 52.57 percent to 47.43 percent margin, voters agreed to levy levy a 7 percent hotel and motel tax starting Jan. 1. Half of the proceeds would be used for city recreational, convention, cultural and entertainment facilities, and the other half would go into the city's general fund.

By a 76.70 percent to 23.40 percent margin, Sheldon voters approved raising the hotel/motel tax by 2 percent, to 7 percent, effective Jan. 1.

-- In Onawa, Iowa, voters will decide whether to levy a 7 percent hotel and motel tax starting Jan. 1. Half of the proceeds would be used for city recreational, convention, cultural and entertainment facilities, and the other half would go into the city's general fund.

-- A hotel and motel tax is on the ballot in Sheldon, Iowa. Voters there will be asked to raise the tax by 2 percent, to 7 percent, effective Jan. 1.

-- Voters in the Lyon County cities of Larchwood and Lester will be asked to approve municipal gas utilities.

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