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UPDATE: 'Unprecedented' turnout in Cedar Falls for 'no' vote

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

The Cedar Falls Community School District will have to go back to the drawing board.

The No votes Tuesday night outnumbered the Yes votes by a wide margin -- and the Black Hawk County Auditor's Office calls the more than 10,000 voters -- about 34 percent of registered voters -- for a school election "unprecedented."

Only 42 percent of people voted "yes" to Public Measure A, which authorizes a bond, and 41 percent approved Public Measure B, which would have authorized a property tax not to exceed $4.05 per $1,000 of taxable property to pay the $118 million bond.

If approved, the measure would have built a new high school and elementary school in Cedar Falls and made improvements to both North Cedar and Orchard Hill elementary schools.

A full 60 percent of the votes needed to be in favor for the measures to pass. Instead, about 60 percent voted no.

"We appreciate the community's thorough consideration of this vote," said Andy Pattee, superintendent of Cedar Falls Schools, in an emailed statement. "As a district, we will pause, reflect and plan our next steps.

"The election is over, but the work isn't done," he added. "It is a question of how to meet the needs of our students as the district continues to face enrollment growth and capacity challenges now and into the future."

"We are happy to see such a large turnout for the vote," said Judd Saul of the Vote No on the 9th campaign. "This is a mandate against the Cedar Falls school board. It's time for them to bring the community a fiscally responsible plan. Let's fix the elementary schools and bring a common sense approach to solving these problems without putting people out of their homes."

By the numbers (unofficial results):

Public Measure A:
Yes: 4216 (42%)
No: 5787 (58%)

Public Measure B:
Yes: 4112 (41%)
No: 5859 (60%)

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