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Schools Win Big

Unofficial results on county school levies show favorable response.

It was a very positive night for school districts around Klickitat County. In unofficial results provided by the Klickitat County Auditor's Office on election night, school maintenance and operations levies were getting strong support from the voters on Feb. 5.

The results from the White Salmon Valley School District were typical of districts around the area. For White Salmon, results show 720 Yes votes -- 67.35 percent -- against 349 No votes -- 32.65 percent. That tally is well above the 60 percent "supermajority" required to pass the levy.

To be valid, the school district needed to get a turnout of at least 503 voters. That threshold was easily surpassed, as 1,069 votes were cast on the day of the election.

Voters in Skamania County who reside within the White Salmon Valley School District were also very supportive of the M&O levy, although at levels not quite as high as in Klickitat County. There were 112 Yes votes (58.64 percent) and 79 No votes (41.36 percent).

Combining the vote from both counties, the measure appears to be passing with 66.03 percent of the vote.

The results mean the school will be able to collect $2.55 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in the first year (2003) and an estimated $2.32 per $1,000 of assessed valuation the next year.

In the Lyle School District, the results were similar to White Salmon's totals: Voters gave a 66.33 percent Yes to the M&O levy, with 33.67 percent saying No. Raw vote totals showed 390 Yes votes in Lyle as opposed to 198 No votes.

Only 304 votes were required to validate the election.

In Glenwood's School District, there were 84 Yes votes, 67.74 percent; and 40 No votes, 32.26 percent.

In Glenwood, 115 votes were necessary to validate, and that number was surpassed, albeit narrowly.

Goldendale residents supported their schools as well: 65.52 percent Yes votes (855 votes), while 34.48 percent said No (450 votes).

Centerville provided the evening's biggest surprise. Voters in the Centerville School District registered a smashing 83.78 percent Yes vote in support of their schools. The vote was 124 Yes against a mere 24 No votes, with the validation requirement also reached easily.

The Auditor's Office reported an approximate 32.5 percent voter turnout in the precincts involved. However, another 1,000 or so absentee ballots could still come in, thereby raising the total. Ballots postmarked by Feb. 5 will be counted in the final, certified vote tally, which comes on Feb. 15.

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