A $11.3 million replacement levy to support the Wenatchee School District’s general fund passed easily with 60.8 percent approval in a special election with ballots counted Tuesday night. About 32 percent of registered voters submitted ballots. The levy only needed 50 percent plus 1 vote for approval.
A request by the Okanogan School District to approve a $1.16 million bond to renovate and upgrade Okanogan schools, however, fell short of the required 60 percent yes vote needed for its passage. The bond issue only received 55 percent approval. This is the second time the bond issue has failed. The district also put the issue to voters last November.
The Wenatchee School District levy is considered a replacement levy because it replaces a similar property tax that is expiring. The new levy will enable the district to collect funds through 2017. Levy funds account for about 16 percent of the district’s $70 million budget and pays for things like sports, music, art, transportation and many other school and extra-curricular activities, said Brian Flones, district superintendent.
The next round of votes will be counted Friday. The final vote will be certified May 7.