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L.O.S.T. vote too close to call in Iowa City and Coralville

by Bryan Goettel

JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL) - It doesn't get much closer than this.

The proposed Local Option Sales Tax in Johnson County passed in some precincts and failed in others. But because the vote is so close in Coralville and Iowa City, official results could take days.

From the moment results started coming in, shortly after 8:00 Tuesday night, all signs pointed toward a close race.

The cheers ringing through the Vine on the Coralville Strip were a little premature.

Volunteers from "Yes for All" let out a roar as results from the final Iowa City precinct came in.

A mere six vote difference in favor of the tax.

And in Coralville, just a seven vote difference going against the tax.

In Johnson County's two largest cities, the vote remains too close to call.

At the Deadwood in Iowa City, members of "Ax the Tax" followed the swing of returns closely all night.

Both sides thought they were in for a tight race.

They got it...and it's not over yet.

"I think once they get everything tallied up and figured out, but it's so close that means there were people out there that the ones who were voting, it could have gone either way," Ax the Tax co-chair Deb Derksen said.

"Well, that's how you react. We don't know at this point and so what we understand is that the voters took a serious look at this and felt passionately enough about this issue to come out on both sides," Yes for All co-chair Sue Dvorsky said.

Dvorsky added she feels tenuously excited in Iowa City and tentatively concerned about Coralville.

More absentee ballots could be coming in over the next few days and will be counted among the results.

So it will likely be several days before we know if the Local Option Sales Tax will move forward in both Iowa City and Coralville.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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