Half cent sales tax increase defeated

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

With a large voter turnout that included more than 1,500 ballots cast, a special election was held in Devils Lake Tuesday at the Memorial Building. In the end, residents rejected a proposal for the construction of a wellness center and event center.

The projects, estimated at $23.5 million, would have been funded by a one-half percent city sales tax.

According to the initial results, the vote was turned down by an unofficial margin of 872 no votes to 705 yes votes.

A committee made up of a number of different community organizations and business leaders had worked on the proposed projects for the past year before bringing the issue to the people for a vote.

"It was a true community effort getting it on the ballot," Rachel Lindstrom, Forward Devils Lake executive director, told the Journal last week. "The time and effort from the people involved in the community has been just fantastic."