EPHRATA — A bond proposal by the Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata came closer to passing Wednesday after the Grant County Auditor’s Office counted more ballots.
The proposal is now losing with 2,078 votes or 59.5 percent of voters in favor, and 1,414 votes or 40.5 percent against. The proposal was losing by 58.7 percent on Tuesday after the first batch of ballots were tallied.
The measure needs 60 percent to pass, according to the Auditor’s Office.
Voters were asked to approve a plan by Grant County Public Hospital District 3 commissioners to issue no more than $10 million in general obligation bonds for the next 20 years so the hospital district can make several improvements. Improvements would be made to emergency, imaging, physical therapy, laboratory, ambulatory and long-term care facilities, according to the ballot proposal.
The Auditor’s Office will count more ballots today.