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School levies passing in seven districts

— The initial tally of school elections in Okanogan County show levies are passing, but two bonds failing.

As of the end of counting Tuesday night, seven levy requests requiring simple majorities in seven districts are passing, initial results showed.

The failing bond issue requests need a super-majority of 60 percent "yes" vote to pass.

Election officials counted 4,618 ballots county-wide, with an estimated 1,356 more turned in, but not yet counted. The next count, for those ballots and additional ones that may come in the mail, will be Friday, the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office said.

The election will be certified Feb. 25.

By district, election night vote counts included:

  • Brewster – Four-year maintenance and operations levy for collection in 2015-18. The district is seeking $1,015,494 in 2015, $1,055,494 in 2016, $1,095,494 in 2017 and $1,095,494 in 2018. The estimated levy rate ranges from $2.87 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 2015 to $2.98 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation in 2018. Yes 264 or 58.54 percent; no 187 or 41.46 percent (multi-county results).
  • Bridgeport – $3.9 million in general obligation bonds for construction of an elementary school addition. The bonds would mature in 18 years. Yes 171 or 53.77 percent; no 147 or 46.23 percent (multi-county results). (Measure needs 60 percent or more yes votes to pass. It has reached the required validation total of 124 votes.)
  • Lake Chelan – Two-year maintenance and operations levy of $2,980,343 for collection in 2015 and $3,039,950 for collection in 2016. The estimated levy rates per $1,000 of assessed property valuation are $1.73 in 2015 and $1.77 in 2016. Yes 781 or 59.71 percent; no 527 or 40.29 percent (multi-county results).
  • Okanogan – Four-year technology levy of $271,389 per year for collection in 2015-2018. The estimated levy rate is 98 cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation. Yes 482 or 59 percent; no 335 or 41 percent.
  • Omak – Four-year maintenance and operations levy of $2.15 million per year for collection in 2015-2018. The estimated levy rate is $3.35 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation. Yes 826 or 56.69 percent; no 631 or 43.31 percent.
  • Oroville – Two year maintenance and operations levy of $1,497,371 per year for collection in 2015 and 2016. The estimated levy rate is $2.40 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation. Yes 392 or 59.94 percent; no 262 or 40.06 percent.
  • Oroville – Dissolution of director districts. The district is asking to have the present four districts and one at-large position changed to three districts and two at-large positions. Yes 420 or 65.93 percent; no 217 or 34.07 percent.
  • Pateros – Replacement maintenance and operations levy of $664,000 per year for collection in 2015-2018. The estimated levy rates per $1,000 of assessed property valuation would be $2.99 in 2015, $2.98 in 2016 and $2.96 in 2017 and 2018. Yes 120 or 51.72 percent; no 112 or 48.28 percent (multi-county results).
  • Tonasket – Two-year maintenance and operations levy of $1.64 million per year for collection in 2015 and 2016. The estimated levy rate is $3.49 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation. Yes 635 or 59.29 percent; no 436 or 40.71 percent.
  • Tonasket – Bond issue of $6 million to construct elementary and middle school classrooms, high school career and technical education facilities, acquire facilities for alternative programs and improve outdoor athletic facilities. The bonds would mature in 11 years. Yes 541 or 50.7 percent; no 526 or 49.3 percent. (Measure needs 60 percent or more yes votes to pass. It has reached the required validation total of 761 votes.)

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