Projects likely to be shelved because Sioux City school district voters rejected new levy

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Officials say plans for one or more new elementary schools and improvements at three high schools likely will have to be shelved, now that Sioux City school district voters have rejected a new property tax levy.

At Tuesday's special election, voters rejected the levy by a ratio of nearly 2-to-1. The turnout was less than 9 percent.

School officials say the new levy was needed because a 1-cent sales tax approved in 1998 for school infrastructure is set to expire in 2018. The new levy would have raised an estimated $45 million over 10 years. It would have raised property taxes about $70 a year on a home valued at $105,000.

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