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Wendy Reuer, Published June 12 2012

Voters Mapleton, Davenport and Mayville approve levies

FARGO – Voters were in a spending mood in Mapleton, Davenport and Mayville where they approved raising levies to improve city services.

Residents of each city were asked approve levies that would help fund city services such as parks, a library and fire department.

Mayville

Voters here approved raising the library levy by five mills or about $12,000.

With three of three precincts reporting, 58 percent of voters were in favor of raising the levy, while 41 percent voted against it.

Mayor Donald Moen said around 10 p.m. that he was pleased if the levy passed, as early numbers indicated.

Of 478 total votes cast, 278 were yes votes, while 200 voted no.

The library provides a major service to this town of about 1,800 residents, says City Auditor Gail Olstad.

It offers many programs for adults and children and houses more than 13,000 books in one of the city’s oldest buildings.

The increase will help cover rising basic operating costs some restoration to the older building, Olstad said.

Olstad said the increase in individual property bills will be “pennies,” while the additional $12,000 will help the library stay in the black.

Mapleton

A measure to increase the emergency fire levy by five mills was overwhelmingly approved by 81 per-cent of the vote.

Final but unofficial results showed only 19 per-cent voted against the measure.

The levy increase will help pay for a fire truck and replace equipment needed by the all-volunteer department, said Fire Chief Jon Warner.

Of 156 votes cast in one of one precinct, 127 were in favor of the measure, while 29 were against it.

Davenport

Voters here approve a raise in the mill levy from four mills to 20 mills.

In final, but unofficial results, 54 percent of voters approved the measure, while 46 percent were against it.

The Davenport Park Board is taking over the city’s baseball fields, dug-outs and playground equipment and asked voters approve the mill in-crease to help with the cost of maintenance.

The fields were previously cared for by the Kindred School District.

Of 65 total votes cast, 35 were in favor of the measure and 30 were against.