FALLS CITY -- The Falls City law enforcement levy has failed by a vote of 169 to 106. There were 279 ballots cast out of a registered voting population of 544.
The vote means city officials will not sign a contract with the Polk County Sheriff's Office to provide local law enforcement.
County Clerk Linda Dawson said 272 yes votes are needed to pass the levy.
Voters were asked for $336,916 over the next four years so that Polk County sheriff's deputies can be permanantly assigned to the community.
The levy would have enabled Falls City to contract for 56 hours for a deputy and relief deputy to be stationed in town.
City officials could have applied for a federal COPS grant to help with the cost.
City officials have a contract with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for two deputies to be stationed in the community.
The contract expires in June. Falls City voters rejected a request for $88,000 to extend the contract for five years. Up until now, the contract has been partially funded through state and federal grants.
If the contract expires in June without anything to take its place, Falls City will lose its deputies and be treated like any unincorporated part of the county.