PATEROS — Pateros Elementary School students will get a break from the winter weather soon.
Voters on Tuesday approved a two-year capital levy for health and safety improvements at the elementary school that include construction of a covered play area, the renovation of the second-floor auxiliary gym for recess during bad weather and construction of a ramp to provide wheelchair access to the music room.
Of the 316 ballots counted Tuesday, 196 were “yes” votes and 120 were “no” votes, for a 62-percent approval rate. The proposal needed a simple majority to pass.
The proposal will raise about $205,595 each year in 2020 and 2021 at a cost to property owners of $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value.
The Okanogan County Auditor’s Office estimated a 37-percent voter turnout for the special election, with 18 ballots left to count as of Tuesday evening.
The next batch of ballots will be tabulated on Friday.
The election is set to be certified on May 3.