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Ballots mailed to Okanogan County voters

— Registered voters should be receiving their ballots for the Feb. 11 special election.

Several school districts are asking voters to approve maintenance and operations levies to replace those set to expire in the next year: Okanogan, Omak, Brewster, Pateros, Lake Chelan, Tonasket and Oroville.

Bridgeport School District has placed a $3.9 million, 18-year bond on the ballot to rebuild an outdated portion of the elementary school and add classrooms, a kitchen to serve the entire district and a computer lab.

The bond would cost property owners an estimated $2.12 per $1,000 of assessed value per year. The total cost of the project is $8.5 million, but nearly 90 percent of the funding for construction will come from the state, according to Superintendent Scott Sattler.

Tonasket School District also hopes to pass a $6 million, 11-year bond to add classrooms and more space for career and technical education programs; replace a building that houses the homeschool outreach program, the alternative high school and other alternative programs; and upgrade the track and fields, build restrooms and add a concessions stand.

Unlike a levy, a bond requires a 60 percent super-majority vote to pass.

In Oroville, the school has also introduced a resolution to change the districts for the board of directors. The request is to “redistrict its school director districts from four districts and one at-large position to three districts and two at-large positions to better facilitate citizen participation as board members.”

Signed ballots must be postmarked by the end of the day Feb. 11, or placed in drop boxes before 8 p.m. that day.

Ballot drop boxes are located at Tonasket City Hall, 209 S. Whitcomb Ave.; outside of the Omak Police Department, 8 N. Ash St.; in a Pateros parking lot at 180 Pateros Mall; and outside Bridgeport City Hall, 1206 Columbia Ave.

Postage costs are changing later this month. Before Jan. 26, a stamp costs 46 cents, and after Jan. 26 the cost will be 49 cents.

Some ballots will be counted on election night and posted after 8 p.m., but final certification of the results can take up to three weeks.

The Okanogan County Auditor’s Office has asked residents to call the office if they haven’t received a ballot by Jan. 31, 509-422-7240.

Those who haven’t registered to vote can do so until Feb. 3 at the auditor’s office, 149 N. Third Ave.

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