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LAWTON, Iowa | Voters in Lawton on Tuesday overwhelmingly defeated a $1.6 million bond issue that would have raised property taxes to build a new fire station and community center.

Of the 304 votes cast in Lawton, only 43 percent voted for the measure, which required a 60-percent super majority to pass under state law. The final count was 173 'no' votes and 131 'yes' votes.

Lawton City Council members put forth the plan replace the existing fire station, which is several decades old. The proposal was to build and equip a new fire station on Ash Street, near the water plant in the Woodbury County city of 908. More than 48 percent of the city's registered voters turned out for Tuesday's election.

Plans called for completion of the new fire station and community center in two years.


Elsewhere in Woodbury County, Salix voters overwhelmingly approved a shift in how the city's local option sales tax are used.

Sixty two of the 66 voters, of 93 percent, approved the measure to reallocate sales tax revenues to debt reduction and capital improvement projects.

Iowa law allows cities to set a 1-cent local sales tax, and then direct the proceeds to various purposes, including property tax relief.

Thirty-two percent of registered voters turned out for Tuesday's election.


Voters in Sibley strongly approved a bond issue of $1.6 million to improve the swimming pool, which is located on the southeast side of town adjacent to the golf course.

The measure passed by 85 percent affirmative vote. There were 447 'yes' votes and 78 'no' votes.

The project will expand, modernize and add more equipment at the pool. The measure required a super-majority 60 percent threshold, per Iowa law, since it impacts property taxes.

Sibley is the county seat of Osceola County, with a population of 2,800.


County and education reporter

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