The results are in
When it came down to it, voters in the city of Devils Lake split their support Tuesday, March 13 in the special election.
They voted 748 Yes to 455 No passing a proposal to increase sales tax by .25 percent to help pay for infrastructure improvements. Devils Lake City Administrator Terry Johnston told the Journal Wednesday morning that he certainly appreciated the support of the community in voting in favor of the sales tax increase for infrastructure improvements. He said that he and City Engineer Mike Grafsgaard had gone through all the needs in infrastructure and developed a project list to be completed in the next 10 years. The results of Tuesday’s vote Johnston called “A step in the right direction,” for the city and its needs.
Voters also voted on the proposed additional .50 percent sales tax to be dedicated to the construction of an activity center by the Devils Lake Park Board. With 444 Yes votes and 766 No votes, this failed. Devils Lake Park Superintendent Terry Wallace was unavailable for comment about the Lake Area Activity and Recreation Center results.
City Commission Shane Hamre won the seat on the Devils Lake City Commission with 473 votes. Rob Hach was close behind him with 462 votes and Eric Kaeding received 22 votes. Hamre was elected to complete the unexpired position vacated by Ben Sanders.