SL voters back local option tax by astounding 90%
On the heels of aggressive promotional efforts, the local option sales tax special election Tuesday won in a big way in every voting area, including a nearly 90 percent approval rate of Storm Lake/Lakeside voters ushering in another 15 years for the 1 cent tax.
According to Commissioner of Elections Karen Strawn, 1,110 Storm Lake and Lakeside voters voted for the tax with 130 against, making 89.5 percent favoring renewal of the tax that would have sunsetted this year without renewal.
Strawn said the greatest support for the tax in Storm Lake came from Precinct 4 which approved continuing the tax by 91 percent.
That precinct encompasses the area from Grand to May and from Railroad south to the lake.
Similar results came in county-wide. In Alta, 149 favored renewal of the tax with 26 against for 85.14 percent. Rembrandt voters approved the tax by a vote of 25-4 for 86 percent. In unincorporated Buena Vista County, 361 voters favored continuing the 1-cent tax while 67 were against the measure, for 84.35 percent.
Storm Lake Mayor Jon Kruse said Wednesday that efforts to get the word out made a difference in the special election.
"The work that we did to get people to the polls definitely had an impact on the outcome," Kruse said. "People realized it's something that's already in place and that this was a renewal."
Kruse called the vote "a confidence vote for city government and the community."