Police, library levies just miss voter turnout needed to pass

The city of Sweet Home’s local option levies were approved in Tuesday’s election, but voter turnout reached just more than 49 percent, short of the 50 percent required to validate the election.

The library levy would have passed 62.5 percent to 37.5 percent had voter turnout reached 50 percent. The police levy would have passed 57.4 percent to 42.6 percent.

The levies provide 100 percent of funding for both library services and law enforcement; although under the existing levies, the Police Department is receiving help from the city’s general fund.

The existing library and police levies expire on June 30, 2007.

In the race for Linn County sheriff, incumbent Tim Mueller won with 77 percent of the vote, winning his first four-year term after being appointed to the position in June 2005. Michael Spasaro captured 19.47 percent of the vote, and Keith Leopard had 3.26 percent of the vote.

Incumbent John Lindsey defeated Bill Tacy for county commissioner in the Republican primary. Lindsey will face Democrat Glenda Fleming in November.