IOWA CITY, Iowa — The bond issue for more court space and a new jail in Johnson County has fallen short in the special election.
Officials say that in unofficial returns, 54 percent of voters backed the $43.5 million measure, but that was 6 percentage points short of the 60 percent needed.
Voters had rejected a $46.8 million justice center proposal in November's election and a jail proposal in 2000.
Officials have expressed concern about overcrowding and security at the existing jail and courthouse.
Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert says the earliest another justice center bond issue could reappear on a county ballot is March 2014.