Jail bond referendum passed
Wed, 05/03/2017 - 9:54am admin
Howard County - A special election for a not-to-exceed $5 million bond referendum narrowly passed at the May 2 election. The referendum had to pass by 60 percent of those voting.
With 61.35 percent of voters saying “yes,” Howard County will now start the process of fine-tuning the architecture plans and looking to let bids later this year.
All precincts except Elma voted in favor of the measure.
Afton, Howard and Paris Townships and City of Elma voters had 37 for and 79 against.
Protivin and New Oregon — 62 for and 32 against; Jamestown, Oakdale and Riceville — 30/16; Saratoga, Howard Center and Chester Townships and Chester — 37/28; Albion, Forest City and Lime Springs — 49/31; Cresco — 229/99; and absentee — 64/35.
There are 6,136 registered voters in Howard County. There were a total of 828 ballots turned in or 13.49 percent. Of those, 508 or 61.35 percent voted yes and 320 or 38.65 percent voted no.