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Okanogan school levy falling short of 60 percent

The Chronicle

OKANOGAN – A majority of Okanogan School District voters is saying yes to a proposed bond issue, but the numbers are falling short of the 60 percent majority needed for the measure to pass.

In election night returns, 428 voters, or 54.04 percent, said yes to the $6.5 million request for classroom additions, security upgrades and athletic facilities revamps.

Another 364 voters, or 45.96 percent, said no.

“It is encouraging that a majority of voters approved the bond levy proposal,” said Superintendent Richard Johnson. “However bond levies require a 60 percent super majority for approval. With many ballots yet to be counted, it is premature to comment on results.

“The many people who worked to get information to voters deserve our deep appreciation.”

A second count of ballots is planned Friday.

As of election day, April 26, 945 ballots had been returned and another 1,775 were still outstanding.

“There are approximately 152 ballots that have not been counted,” the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office said. “This total includes ballots received Tuesday in the mail and those ballots that the canvass board needs to review.”

The total also does not include ballots placed in drop boxes.

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