Too close to call vote on potential city-owned utility in Decorah

Decorah, Iowa – The results from Tuesday’s municipal electric utility referendum in Decorah are too close to call.

The unofficial results were tabulated Tuesday night by the Winneshiek County Auditor’s office. There were 1384 “no” votes and 1380 “yes” votes. There are 15 outstanding absentee ballots and the county auditor says if they were postmarked by Monday, they’ll be counted.

If the referendum passes, the Decorah City Council will be able to consider forming a city-run electric utility. A “no” vote means the issue cannot go before the public for another vote for at least four years.

The Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to conduct an official canvas of the vote on Monday.


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