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Toledo mayor, council races to be decided Tuesday

Hotel-motel tax hike, rural library board member on ballot

October 5, 2013
By John Speer - Editor , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Voters across Tama County will choose their city officials in balloting on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

In Toledo there's races for mayor and a pair of council seats.

In all Toledo contests, the candidate with the most votes wins - no majority is required so there will not be any run-offs.

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Mayor

In the race for a two-year term for Toledo Mayor incumbent Dave Svoboda is opposed by Pam Wood. Wood was the incumbent two years ago when Svoboda came out on top in a three-way race in which Jared R. Zimmermann was also a candidate.

Incumbent Brian Sokol is being challenged by Carol Peterie and Curt Raue for an at-large council seat.

Travis Mullen, also an incumbent, faces Melissa Johnson, Jim Lyon and Larry Simpson in a contest for the Ward I council seat.

Candidates receiving the most votes win in Toledo, A majority is not required for election.

Joe Boll is unopposed for the Ward 2 council post and Terry Goodhart is also running unopposed for the Ward 3 seat.

Goodhart was elected Ward 2 council member in 2011, but his residence changed to Ward 3 due to reapportionment following release of the 2010 federal Census.

Elmer "Skip" Wilson is retiring from the council after serving three terms in the Ward 3 post.

Issues Before Voters

A pair of questions are on the ballot in Toledo.

Voters will decide if the current five percent hotel-motel tax should be raised to seven percent and if a rural resident should be eligible to serve on the Toledo Public Library Board.

The proposed raise in hotel-motel tax would put the city rate, currently at five percent, in line with surrounding areas, supporters said.

The revenue generated is directed at promoting tourist-type activities in Toledo.

Allowing a rural resident to serve on the library board would give representation to patrons who pays taxes for library services and use the library backers say.

There was a seat on the board held by a rural resident until several years ago when it was found the City?code required members to live within the city limits.

Tama

There are three candidates on the ballot and an announced write-in candidate vying for two at-large seats of the Tama City Council.

They include Mike Carnahan, currently serving an unexpired term to which he was appointed in 2012, Jared Purk, Doug Ray and write-in candidate John Anderson.

The Tama council seats are for four year terms. The top two vote-getters in Tama win. A majority is not required.

 
 

 

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