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Tuesday was voting day for residents of Mount Ayr as the city looked for ways to generate funds for a new public pool.
There were two measures on the ballot. Measure A read “Shall the City of Mount Ayr, in Ringgold County, State of Iowa, enter into a loan agreement and issue general obligation bonds in an amount not exceeding $2,000,000 for the purpose of paying the cost, to that extent, of constructing, furnishing and equipping a public swimming pool?”
That measure passed with a total number of 289 votes. 200 voted yes, 89 voted no and there were three undervotes.
Measure B read “Summary: To authorize imposition of a local sales and services tax in the City of Mount Ayr, Iowa at the rate of one percent (1%) to be effective from July 1, 2027. A local sales and services tax shall be imposed in the City of Mount Ayr, Iowa at the rate of one percent (1%) to be effective from July 1, 2027. Revenues from the sales and services tax shall be allocated as follows: 0% for property tax relief, the specific purposes for which the revenues shall otherwise be expended are: Not less than 25% – Design, construction and operation of a public swimming pool/aquatic center.
“Not more than 75% – Street improvements, economic development and housing or any other development and housing or any other lawful pupose of the City as determined from time to time by the City Council.”
Measure B passed with 217 YES votes and 72 NO votes, along with three undervotes.
All results are unofficial until canvassed.