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Coralville and North Liberty look past LOST vote

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CORALVILLE (KWWL) - On Tuesday, a close local option sales tax vote in Johnson County went against conventional wisdom. Many expected the tax not to pass in Iowa City but it looks like it will. Coralville was expected to vote yes on the tax, but the numbers suggest it won't pass.

"It's just a very disappointintg night," said Johnson County Auditor Tom Slockett.

Unofficially, the city of Coralville failed to pass a local option sales tax by a mere eight votes.

"We've never had a recount overturn election results or change results by seven or eight votes so I don't expect any change to occur," said Slockett.

Iowa City could call for another election for the areas in Johnson County where the tax did not pass.

The problem, the reelection would pair Coralville with neighboring North Liberty to vote together as one and North Liberty rejected the tax vote in much more resounding fashion

"It's going to be much more difficult for Coralville and North Liberty to get the measure passed than it was for Coralville to pass it on its own," said Coralville Jim Fausett.

"Unless North Liberty would vote a whole lot different and their people would realize how important it is to both communities, we'd have a real up-hill climb," said Fausett.

The re-vote for towns in Johnson County like Coralville and North Liberty that did not pass the vote could not come before November 3rd.

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