General-obligation bond passes with 65% voting ‘yes’

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In a Tuesday vote, the Iowa City general-obligation bond exceeded its 60 percent requirement needed to pass.

By Charles Peckman
charles-peckman@uiowa.edu

In the school election on Tuesday, the Iowa City School District general-obligation bond passed by exceeding the 60 percent requirement, with 65 percent, (10,814 votes) for and 35 percent (5,812 votes) against.

Overall, 22.9 percent of registered voters voted.

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Three School Board seats were also at stake; J.P. Claussen led with 63 percent of the vote, followed by Ruthina Malone (53 percent) and Janet Godwin (51 percent). Laura Westmeyer (31 percent) and Karen Woltman (24 percent) trailed.

The general-obligation bond, which drew both heavy skepticism and support, is a $191.5 measure that aims to fund the remainder of the School District’s Facilities Master Plan. The bond will be paid off gradually through the year 2042 and will include a hike in property taxes.

Plans for the money include projects in 20 schools — an expansion of capacity needs, sports facilities, air conditioning, and music and art rooms are all being discussed.

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