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Measure 1 passes

By Staff | Jun 13, 2014

County Measure 1 passed in a vote with one of the highest turnouts in Tuesday’s election.

Measure 1 will increase funds by 0.46 mills to .75 mills, meaning that the Geographical Center Historical Society, which operates the Prairie Village Museum, will receive about $12,000 more per year from the county for a total of about $19,000.

The measure will take effect in 2015 after garnering nearly 69 percent of the vote. 753 voters approved the measure and 344 voted no. Prairie Village Museum Executive Director Cathy Jelsing was elated with the result.

“I’m sure the historical society board of directors is very pleased that the people of Pierce County voted to support our work in the county,” she said. “Speaking for the board of directors, I’m sure we’ll use our new resources wisely.”

Geographical Center Historical Society Board Director Roger Sitter was also pleased.

“As I listened (to the radio) last night, I wanted to thank the community for supporting our work,” Sitter said. “The people who volunteer out at the museum will be grateful to know that the people of Rugby and the county are behind them.”

When Measure 1 was on the ballot two years ago, it was voted down 1,161-934. Requests for additional funding have also been on the ballot in 1970, 1972 and 1974. It failed by small margins in 1970 and 1972, but won with strong support in 1974.

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