- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - Marshalltown voters have overwhelmingly approved plans to spend $17.5 million on a center for the city’s police and fire departments.

The Times-Republican reports (https://bit.ly/2ayuCWf ) voters approved the center Tuesday night, with 65.2 percent supporting the proposal and 34.8 percent opposed.

The margin of victory was enough to top a 60 percent threshold required for passage of such tax measures in Iowa.

The vote came 15 months after about 65 percent of voters defeated a police-only measure.

The measure backed by voters will allow the city to borrow $17.5 million to buy property from the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA, purchase additional land and make street adjustments.

City officials say police and firefighters need a larger, more modern facility.

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Information from: Times-Republican, https://www.timesrepublican.com

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