Omak School bond measure failing in initial returns

Local school levies passing



OMAK - Voters in the Omak School District are saying no to a proposed bond issue that would would generate $27.856 million to build a new middle school, according to initial election returns Tuesday night.

Initial figures include 673 votes, or 45.91 percent percent in favor. Initial figures show 793 votes, or 54.09 percent are not in favor.

“We appreciate the community supporting the levy to continue the great programs we offer in vocational skills, arts, athletics and more," spokeswoman Sheila Corson said Wednesday morning. "We also want to congratulate our neighbors throughout Okanogan County who are passing their levies as well."

"While we are disappointed to see the failure of the bond, we understand the tax impact can be hard on families," Corson said. "We will continue to pursue options for funding a new middle school to provide a future for all our students. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote.”

The Okanogan County Auditor’s Office said 3,872 ballots were counted as of Tuesday evening. There are an estimated 560 ballots left to be counted.

The measure needs 60 percent or more yes vote to pass.

A replacement educational programs and operation levy for the school district is passing, with 761 votes, or 50.9 percent in favor.

In other returns:

Curlew

A replacement educational programs and operation levy for the Curlew School District is passing with 198 votes, or 62.46 percent in favor in Ferry County. In Okanogan County the measure received 6 votes in favor and 6 no votes.

Okanogan

A replacement technology levy for the Okanogan School District is passing with 442 votes, or 59.41 percent in favor.

"Passage of this levy allows the district to purchase the hardware, software and technical support teachers rely upon as an important tool to teach, and students need to prepare themselves for post high school and the world of work," Okanogan School District Superintendent Richard Johnson said Tuesday evening. "For many in this area, times are tough and we watch the gas gage going to and coming from town. The school district realizes you have put your money, your children and your trust in our hands - we will do our best to honor that every day we go to work."

Oroville

A replacement maintenance and operation levy for the Oroville School District is passing with 391 votes, or 60.62 percent in favor.

Pateros

A replacement educational programs and operation levy for the Pateros School District is passing in Okanogan County with 79 votes, or 53.74 percent in favor. In Chelan County eight voters, or 100 percent were in favor.

Republic

A replacement educational programs and operation levy for the Republic School District is passing with 552 votes, or 56.67 percent in favor in Ferry County. In Okanogan County the measure garnered 11 votes, or 78.57 percent approval.

"We are extremely appreciative of the support our communities continue to show for our students," Superintendent John Glenewinkel said. "We recognize that with all of the legislative changes this was a confusing election and that there may still be questions that need to be answered.

"We encourage all of our patrons to come visit the schools and to contact us if they have any questions," said Glenewinkel.

Tonasket

A replacement educational programs and operation levy for the Tonasket School District is passing by a slim margin with 408 votes, or 51.06 percent in favor.

"I found out this morning that they have not yet counted our downtown drop box. Those ballots will get counted on Friday, and if things go as they have in the past, our yes vote percentage will go up by quite a bit," Superintendent Steve McCullough said Wednesday morning. "The turnout is low this year and our close vote is another verification that every vote counts."



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