Final counts confirm Kirkwood Community College bond passage

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Unofficial final tallies from Tuesday night’s school elections show Kirkwood Community College sailed over its required 60-percent bar, earning support for its bond issue from 69 percent of voters.

The issue, essentially, continues a 25-cent tax per $1,000 of assessed taxable property value that voters first passed in 2005 and renewed in 2012. The measure over the next five years will generate $60 million for Kirkwood student-success initiatives — including a new student center; upgrades to its Washington Hall, Animal Health Technology Building, and Automotive Technology Program; and improvements to the Iowa City campus.

The Linn County Auditor’s Office, which coordinated voting results from the counties in Kirkwood’s coverage area, released unofficial final counts Wednesday showing all seven of the largest counties in the region surpassed the 60-percent approval standard required for passage.

Jones, Johnson, and Washington counties reported the highest percentage of “yes” votes — at 72 to 73 percent. Total voters on the issue neared 34,400 — with 23,778 voting for the measure and 10,618 voting against it.

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