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Special election results across eastern Iowa

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Eastern Iowans went to the polls in several area communities tonight during special elections.

In Strawberry Point, voters have approved a one-percent local sales and services tax. Through a 67.24% "Yes" vote margin, voters gave the unofficial thumbs up for the tax money to go towards fire protection services, emergency medical services, and maintenance around the city. That work will focus on facilities and equipment, as well as streets and the city's sewer system.

Meanwhile, voters in University Heights approved a loan agreement that will be used to develop land for a municipal park and green space. The special election unofficially ended in favor of the agreement, through a 76% "Yes" to 24% "No" margin. The city will now work to move forward with the aim of protecting air quality, water quality and the wildlife habitat in University Heights, according to how tonight's measure was written. Bonds through the agreement with the state will not exceed $1.8 million.

Residents of Cascade overwhelmingly want a new, $2 million municipal pool. The unofficial results during a special election in that city, which is partially in Dubuque County, has resulted in 364 "Yes" votes to 30 "No" votes.

A vote during a special election in Decorah was about as close as possible -- with four votes separating "Yes" and "No" over a municipal electric utility in the city. The final, unofficial tally stands at 1,384 voting "No" while 1,380 submitted "Yes" votes. This race is still to be determined, with 15 absentee ballots still expected to come in, but are currently not factored into the vote total.

In North Buena Vista, Robert J. Ludovissy has been elected to the city council, through a 35-29 final vote tally over James Ludovissy. The turnout in that special election represents about 73.5-percent of the 87 registered voters in the Clayton County.

West Branch voters have unofficially approved a seven-percent tax on hotels and motels, through a 46-13 vote margin. That money will be used to promote tourism and conventions, according to the ballot.

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