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Recount expected for State Center franchise fee vote

Election came back a tie from Nov. 8

November 18, 2011
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

It appears there could be a recount for the State Center public measure vote of the city franchise fee with Alliant Energy.

The results of the Nov. 8 election came out with a tie at 97 votes both for and against it. Marshall County Auditor Dawn Williams received a petition from State Center residents requesting the recount.

State Center City Council member Jon Mustaine said the 5 percent franchise fee would allow users of the energy to help pay back the money to offset city costs and keep it from possibly going on property taxes.

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"I expected (the vote) to be close," Mustaine said.

For approval, the measure needs a 50 percent plus one vote of "yes." Mustaine said the franchise fee can't be brought up to vote again if it's a tie vote or it fails.

The recount will occur at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Marshall County Courthouse if the Board of Supervisors approve it at a special meeting Monday.

The recount will be done by a three-member group which will include a designee from State Center, one from the auditor and a mutually agreed upon member from both entities.

If the recount is approved by the supervisors to happen, it will be the second recount in the county in the past three months as the Marshalltown School Board write-in election went to recount in September. Williams said it's unusual to have two recounts this close together.

"Recounts are pretty few and far between, but an important mechanism in the law to ensure that the voters' will is accurately reflected," Williams said



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