By Julie Ann Madden
The results of a Feb. 5 special election have been announced by Plymouth County Auditor Stacey Feldman, who also serves as the county’s Commissioner of Elections.
Western Iowa Tech Community College officials had requested to renewal of their current instructional equipment levy.
Seventy-four percent of voters approved renewing this levy. Overall, the vote was 171-61 in favor of it.
This levy is not a new tax, according to WITCC information. It generates funds that are restricted to providing instructional equipment for the college. This equipment allows WITCC to keep its educational and training programs state-of-the-art for the next 10 years. The levy is 1/6 of a penny for every dollar paid in property taxes. This is equal to approximately $1.50 annually for a home valued at $50,000.
The Remsen Union School District also requested to change their method of election for school board members. Instead of having a board member elected from each of the district’s five director districts, they wanted all five to be elected at-large by all members of the school district.
School district voters passed this change by a 72-30 vote or with 71 percent of the 102 ballots cast.