Mitchell County courthouse measure fails
OSAGE (AP) — Not enough voters in Mitchell County want to spend millions to finance a courthouse replacement project.
The Mason City Globe Gazette says a $7.2 million bond measure was approved by more than 52 percent of voters on Tuesday, but the bond referendum required 60 percent to pass.
The money would have been used to demolish the 1858 courthouse and construct, furnish and equip a replacement at the same location in Osage.
In 2012 voters were asked to approve selling $6.5 million in general obligation bonds for the project. That proposition was rejected, too.
County supervisors have said that if Tuesday’s referendum were to fail, they would pursue the option of selling revenue bonds, which do not require a vote.