Northwest Iowa — This Tuesday is voting day in parts of our coverage area. There are bond issue elections in both the South O’Brien and West Sioux Community School Districts for construction, and in the City of Doon for the building of a new community center.

Voters in the South O’Brien School District will decide the fate of a 26-million-dollar bond issue for various proposed construction projects in the district. It will include some additions to the Paullina site, and work on the Primgahr site.

Superintendent Wade Riley tells us that at the Paullina site, the work would include an industrial arts facility, an agriculture facility, an auxiliary gym with limited seating, a community fitness center, a high school office suite, and a science wing. He says they would also renovate the Primghar gym into a fine arts theater.

He says when you look at tax levy rates around the area, South O’Brien’s taxes would still be quite low. He says they have the lowest taxes of surrounding districts, and they don’t even jump to the next spot up if this bond issue passes.

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Superintendent Talks South O’Brien Bond Issue

The $1.5 million bond issue for the City of Doon is for a new community center.

Built by the Works Progress Administration, the current Community Center served as the Doon Public School until 1959 when the Doon and Rock Rapids schools and all the rural schools in the district merged to form the Central Lyon Community School District. It then served for several years as the South Center for the Central Lyon Schools until it was closed in the 1980s and was sold to the City of Doon for a community center and library, which has been its use ever since.

The ballot question will ask if the City of Doon should issue general obligation capital loan notes in an amount not to exceed a million and a half dollars for the construction of the new community center.

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Doon Voters To Decide On Community Center Bond Next Month

The voters in the West Sioux Community School District will decide the fate of a $14.9 million bond issue.

Backers there say the bond would fund several additions, furnish and equip those additions, and remodel, repair, and improve the Ireton and Hawarden Elementary Schools, including related site improvements.

Voters defeated a similar measure a year ago. This time, however, it would entail repairing and remodeling both existing buildings. They tell us the new plan is to replace considerable portions of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment of both buildings. They say they are also looking to build additions at both facilities addressing the space issues. They say they will also look at other items that will make the buildings more energy efficient such as new windows, additional insulation, and possibly geothermal heating.

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West Sioux Voters To Decide On $14.9 Million Bond Issue

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