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Most school ballot measures passing

— Most school measures on Tuesday’s ballot appear to be passing by large margins, but the Tonasket School Districts bond issue request failed to garner enough votes for passage.

Ballots were counted Tuesday night. Another count is planned Friday, with certification coming Feb. 24.

In Okanogan County, Tonasket’s request for $6.98 million in general obligation bonds for construction received 584 yes votes, or 51.82 percent, and 543 no votes in unofficial returns as of election night, the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office said. It needed 60 percent or more yes votes to pass.

"We continue to be optimistic about the outcome," Tonasket School District Superintendent Paul Turner said. "At this time my understanding is that the next count will not happen until Friday, so we are in a waiting pattern."

As of election day, 1,345 ballots had been returned and another 2,369 were still out.

The district wanted the money to make district-wide safety and security improvements; construct additional elementary, middle and alternative school classrooms; construct additional high school vocational shop space; expand the middle school gym to accommodate bleachers, and improve outdoor athletic facilities.

The Bridgeport, Curlew, Grand Coulee Dam, Kettle Falls, Orient, Okanogan and Republic districts all had levy requests on the ballot.

Other measures on the ballot, all of which require a simple majority to pass:

  • Bridgeport School District – A capital levy to acquire and install modular classrooms and make roof repairs is passing, with 233 yes votes and 127 no votes, for a 64.72 percent approval rate. The totals include ballots cast in Douglas and Okanogan counties. Levy amounts would be $203,904 for collection in 2016 and $205,943 for collection in 2017. The estimated levy rate is $1.55 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
  • Curlew School District – A maintenance and operations levy of $200,000 per year for collection in 2016-2018 is passing, with 222 yes votes and 142 no votes, for a 60.99 percent approval rate. The totals include ballots cast in both Ferry and Okanogan counties. The estimated levy rate is $1.6754 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation.
  • Grand Coulee Dam School District – A maintenance and operations levy of $1.13 million per year for collection in 2016-2019 is passing, with 591 yes votes and 325 no votes, for a 64.53 percent approval rate. The totals include ballots cast in Douglas, Grant, Lincoln and Okanogan counties. The estimated levy rate is $2.95 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
  • Kettle Falls School District – A replacement education programs and operation levy for $1,459,925 per year for collection in 2016-2019 is passing, with 881 yes votes and 713 no votes, for a 55.27 percent approval rate. The totals include ballots cast in Ferry and Stevens counties. The estimated levy rate is $3.02 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
  • Orient School District – A maintenance and operations levy for $117,000 per year for collection in 2016-2018 is failing, with 158 yes votes and 194 no votes, for a 44.89 percent approval rate. The totals include ballots cast in Ferry and Stevens counties. The estimated levy rate is $1.05 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
  • Okanogan School District – A maintenance and operations levy of $919,590 per year for collection in 2016-2019 is passing, 462 yes votes and 268 no votes, for a 63.29 percent approval rate. The estimated levy rate is $3.17 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
  • Republic School District – A maintenance and operations levy of $499,500 per year for collection in 2016-2018 is passing, with 712 yes votes and 322 no votes, for a 68.86 percent approval rate. The totals include ballots cast in Ferry and Okanogan counties. The estimated levy rate is $1.76 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

As of the election night counts, Ferry County had 48.67 percent voter turnout, with 1,771 ballots counted out of 3,639 sent out. Okanogan County had 29.12 percent turnout, with 2,129 ballots counted out of 7,311 sent out.

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