—by Todd Thorson
The 2013 Story County school board election held on Tuesday, Sept. 10 resulted in low voter turn out, mainly due to limited or no contested races across the entire county’s school districts. The Roland-Story district saw only 2.6 percent of registered voters show up at the Bertha Bartlett Public Library in Story City to cast votes for two candidates running unopposed. Boyd Brodie won re-election with 100 votes, while newcomer Michaela Carlson obtained 94 votes. Carlson will take the place of Steve Peterson, who decided not to seek re-election to the board after serving four years. This was the first school election that had only one precinct location for both Roland and Story City voters.
All seven school boards in Story County had open seats. However, candidates ran unopposed in all but two of those races. County-wide, voter turn out was at 3.86 percent. The contested races occurred at Colo-Nesco where three seats were contested by five individuals. Voter turn out in that district was much higher, obviously, at 14.55 percent.
Also on the ballot this year were two questions pertaining to property tax levies, which would help pay for buildings and equipment at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). Voters in Story County gave their approval to both measures by more than 80 percent. A simple majority was all that was required of the 12 central Iowa counties that make up the DMACC district.
Measure A pertained to a tax levy of 6 cents/thousand of assessed value for instructional equipment or program sharing between community colleges. Measure B asked whether or not to continue levying a tax not to exceed 20 1/4 cents/thousand of assessed value in any one year for the purpose of improving, maintaining or constructing buildings, grounds and facilities. Both measures are set to begin July 1, 2015 and continue for 10 years. Measure A passed by a 1,965-397 vote, while Measure B was approved 1,921-443.