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Dallas County Votes Against New Buildings

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By: Addie Olson



The question on the ballot Tuesday for people in Dallas County: Should the county issue about $17 million in bonds to build a new administration and public safety building?

With just one precinct left to report as of 11 p.m. on Tuesday, only 32 percent voted "yes," while 68 percent said "no." Click HERE for final results.

It's not a vote that would be expected to cause a lot of controversy, but the people of Adel were strongly against moving those offices from downtown.

On Tuesday night, they got their wish as voters shot down the $16.8 million bond.

A lot of people in Adel said they thought moving the offices would steal business from the small town square.

Others from Dallas County said they wanted the new buildings because of how quickly the county is growing.

ABC5 spoke with voters from both sides of the issue.

Gordon Plunkett from Adel voted against it.

"The people are not going to continue to come," Plunkett said. "A lot of employees who are from Waukee and West Des Moines will shop, get their lunch there. They won't come into Adel anymore."

John Joseph voted in favor of the move.

"The growth in Dallas County, obviously there's need for more services just like the schools have grown exponentially, and instead of waiting too late and starting – I think we need to be prepare," Joseph said.

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