It was a slim turnout for a special election in Fayette County Tuesday (March 1st), to vote on a bond issue to pay for a new County Secondary Road Shop. The bond failed by a fairly wide margin.

The proposed $5 million bond would have paid for the construction of a new building for the Fayette County Road Shop in West Union.

It needed 60% voter approval for passage, but only received 39%. The unofficial vote tally was 521 "yes" votes, to 816 "no" votes.

In West Union, the special measure got only 53% voter approval. In Oelwein, Fayette County's largest city, the bond was soundly rejected, with only 22% voter approval.

However, for just the absentee votes, the bond did get 60%: 113 yes, to 75 no.

The county board of supervisors will have to look at other options on improving the out-dated facility.