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Tie vote in Forest Park

May 4, 2011
By NIKKI YOUNK - Staff Writer , The Daily News

CRYSTAL FALLS - Voters in Iron County decided a number of school board races and proposals on Tuesday, but one issue remains up in the air.

Unofficial vote totals indicate that the bond proposal for Forest Park Schools received an equal number of yes and no votes, with 369 each.

Votes will not be official until canvassing takes place at about 1 p.m. today.

Officials from the Iron County Clerk's Office said that if there is still a tie after the canvassing, the proposal will fail.

The proposal was for an average .51 mill levy over eight years. The funds generated would go toward equipping and re-equipping school buildings for technology systems, remodeling and refurnishing school buildings, purchasing and refurbishing school buses, and remodeling athletic facilities and playgrounds.

In the school board races, West Iron district incumbents retained their seats and Forest Park district candidates were unopposed.

West Iron incumbents Eric Malmquist, with 871 votes, and Beth Vezzetti, with 835 votes, kept their seats against challenger Thomas Anthony Angeli, who only received 480 votes. There were eight write-in votes.

Forest Park incumbent Kimberly Scarlassara

received 573 votes and newcomer Kristine Imhoff received 452 votes to win the two open seats. Other incumbent Susan Casagranda did not seek re-election.

In Iron River Township, a millage proposal for general operating funds failed by a vote of 149 no to 148 yes. The proposal has narrowly failed in the past few elections.

A millage proposal for operating the Windsor Center and its recreation programs in western Iron County was approved after failing in the November election.

Residents in four municipalities voted on the measure: it received 137 yes votes and 97 no votes in Bates Township, 260 yes votes and 113 no votes in the city of Iron River, 151 yes votes and 146 no votes in Iron River Township, and 142 yes votes and 84 no votes in Stambaugh Township.

Out of 9,399 registered voters in Iron County, 1,985 cast ballots in the Tuesday election.

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