UPDATE: Cedar Rapids metro voters say no to LOSST extension - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

UPDATE: Cedar Rapids metro voters say no to LOSST extension

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Voters in the Cedar Rapids metro area said no Tuesday to a 10-year extension of the current local option sales and services tax that would have meant flood protection for both sides of the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids, Marion, Hiawatha, Robins and Fairfax all voted together as a block, with more than 51% voting no on the measure.  27,469 people voted, with 14,024 saying no and 13,445 saying yes.

Last May, a 20-year extension of the tax failed by just over 200 votes.

Cedar Rapids would have used 100% of their share for a flood protection system on both sides of the river.  The other communities would have used their share for street and sewer repair, community improvements and property tax relief.

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett said, "Well, we're certainly disappointed. This is the second time we've tried to get flood protection.  The Army Corps of Engineers is still planning protection for the east side and has every intent to build that. I'm really kind of confused a little bit, because I think it's important that we protect both sides of the river and not just one."

The unincorporated areas of Linn County did pass the extension.  They will use 50% for secondary roads, 25% for property tax relief and 25% for the Linn County Conservation Board.

The portion of Walford that sits in Linn County defeated the extension.

The current local option sales and services tax is set to end on June 30, 2014.

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