Canvass finds Decorah utility vote fails to pass

Decorah, Iowa – A canvass by the Winnesheik County Board of Supervisors on Monday found the vote to authorize the city of Decorah to consider forming its own municipal utility fell five votes short.  The canvas added one vote to the election night total May 1st had the measure failing by four votes. The group Decorah Power supported the effort to create a municipal utility, and spokesperson Emily Neal says they plan to ask for a recount.

Alliant Energy currently supplies the town with electricity and opposed the move to a municipal utility. The final vote total ended up with one-thousand-385 “No” votes and one-thousand-380 “Yes” votes.  Alliant spokesperson Mike Wagner had this reaction following the vote canvass.

Winnesheik County Auditor Ben Stienes says anyone wishing for a recount must file a petition in his office by 5pm Thursday.

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