- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

HUMBOLDT, Iowa (AP) - Residents of the northern Iowa city of Humboldt have voted to keep paying a nearly 30-year-old law enforcement levy after an examination found no proof the issue had ever been put to a vote.

Residents approved the levy Tuesday by a vote of 146 to 70, according to the Fort Dodge Messenger (http://bit.ly/1w3xTTA).

The issue arose in September when the Iowa Department of Management sought details about the levy. Humboldt officials looked through paperwork and couldn’t find any documentation voters had approved the levy. City Administrator Aaron Burnett said the levy appeared to first show up on the 1986 budget, when it was list as an “other” revenue source.

“It’s good to know the city will continue to be able to provide the quality of services that it has for the last several years,” Burnett said. “We look forward to finalizing the budget and submitting it to the state.”

Official approval of the levy means residents will continue paying the fee, which this year is $1.13 per $1,000 of taxable property value and raised $153,900 for the city. The levy is expected to cost the same in 2016.

The levy helps pay for law enforcement shared by the city and Humboldt County.

“We’ve had a really positive community here,” said Darrel Rusher, the city’s interim mayor. “The citizens know what is good for the town and they do what they need to do to keep it going.”

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Information from: The Messenger, http://www.messengernews.net

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