SHELDON -- The Northwest Iowa Community College special bond referendum was narrowly defeated Tuesday with unofficial results showing the Sheldon school percentage was just below the required 60 percent majority.
According to unofficial results late Tuesday, 2,675 (59.87 percent) voted in favor of the 15-year, $13.4 million bond to improve facilities at the college.
Sioux County Election Administrator Lisa Rowenhurst said the results were only unofficial. Votes need to be canvassed and all outstanding absentee ballots still must be counted.
Residents for Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola and Sioux counties were eligible to vote in the special election, as were residents of the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School District in Cherokee County. Results from the Cleghorn Precinct were 74 votes in favor of the bond and 38 voting "no" on the public measure.
The Cleghorn Precinct votes will be canvassed at the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday at the Cherokee County Courthouse and then sent to Orange City in Sioux County where the Sioux County Board will have the final overall canvass from the counties involved on April 19.
If approved, the money would be used for facility upgrades, high school partnerships, technology upgrades, and energy systems.