Late tie-breaking ballot leads to Mount Union dissolution


MOUNT UNION, Iowa (AP) — A late absentee ballot splits a tie vote and will likely prompt officials to dissolve the tiny southeast Iowa city of Mount Union.

The City Council voted in May to dissolve the town, and former city clerk Linda Johnson filed a petition seeking a referendum on the matter.

The Hawk Eye reports that Iowa law stipulates that votes on ballot measures that end with a tie result in the measure failing, which appeared to be the case in Mount Union until the absentee ballot arrived Wednesday.

Mayor John Marek says the result is bittersweet for the community of about 100 residents.

The state City Board of Development must approve the dissolution, and it cannot do that until all city property is sold and all city debt is paid.

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