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$39 million bond measure approved for Northeast Iowa Community College

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In addition to passing bond measures in Linn-Mar and Monticello school districts, voters approved another school bond vote for Northeast Iowa Community College.

With a vote of 4,632 to 872, Northeast Iowa Community College district voters approved the issuance of not more than $39 million in bonds that would be repaid by continuing an existing tax levy at the current rate of just less than 29 cents per $1,000 of taxable value. It needed 60 percent to pass, but received more than 84 percent approval from nine of the 13 counties the college serves.

“I express our tremendous gratitude to district voters for supporting our levy request,” said NICC President Liang Chee Wee in a news release Tuesday night. “I am very excited that our voters are entrusting us to continue to help our students pursue family-sustaining and successful careers.”

Since 2007, when the first NICC bond levy was approved, the college has built a new industrial technologies building on the Peosta campus, a new student center at the Calmar campus and renovations and updates at both. With the renewal, officials say they’re looking to continue updates in educational programming and services, infrastructure, security and technology.

Voter turnout in the NICC election was a little over 4 percent of eligible voters.

Here are the NICC results by county. The full results are also compiled on Dubuque County’s website.

• Allamakee County: 338 yes, 59 no

• Bremer County: 12 yes, 3 no

• Chickasaw County: 143 yes, 35 no

• Clayton County: 286 yes, 48 no

• Delaware County: 221 yes, 66 no

• Dubuque County: 2,446 yes, 491 no

• Fayette County: 263 yes, 59 no

• Howard County: 180 yes, 27 no

• Winneshiek County: 743 yes, 84 no

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