September 14, 2022 - 11:00 am - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — Voters in the Rock Valley School District went to the polls on Tuesday and again defeated a multi-million dollar bond issue.

To be sure, the majority of people favored the bond issue. However, a simple majority is not enough. Since it is a bond issue, it required a 60 percent supermajority to pass. And supporters were not able to muster the votes, according to vote totals from the Sioux County Auditor’s Office.

Unofficial results from the Auditor’s office say voters defeated the $25 million bond issue, which would have gone toward a high school addition to the existing facility by 2.39 percentage points. The silver lining for supporters may be that the margin is getting closer. Last March, the measure failed by 7.32 percentage points.

Raw vote totals were 712 yes votes to 524 no. That’s 57.61 percent yes, to 42.39 percent no.

Meanwhile, at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn voters decided on their $1.34 per thousand Physical Plant and Equipment Levy or PPEL. Unofficial results from the O’Brien County Auditor’s office indicate the measure passed 116 to 69.

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