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Big voter turnout in passing Wapsie Valley referendum

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FAIRBANK (KWWL) -- Weather did not stop voters from turning out and narrowly passing a very controversial school referendum vote in Wapsie Valley.

61% voted yes on the referendum, passing it by just 25 votes. Voter turnout was 60%, unusually high for a school election.

The referendum allows the district to increase property taxes to pay for bonds to build two new elementary schools in Readlyn and Fairbank. In September, voters narrowly approved $8 million in bonds but rejected the property tax hike.

Here's the exact wording of the referendum:

Shall the Board of Directors of the Wapsie Valley Community School District in the Counties of Bremer, Fayette, Black Hawk and Buchanan, State of Iowa, be authorized to levy annually a tax exceeding Two Dollars and Seventy Cents ($2.70) per Thousand Dollars ($1,000), but not exceeding Four Dollars and Five Cents ($4.05) per Thousand Dollars ($1,000) of the assessed value of the taxable property within said school corporation to pay the principal of and interest on bonded indebtedness of said school corporation, approval of this proposition shall not limit the source of payment of the bonds and interest, but shall only operate to restrict the amount of bonds which may be issued?

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