Another scheduled ballot count on Tuesday, Nov. 12, could alter the current stan-ding of Klickitat County Hospital District No. 2’s levy lid lift election.
The measure, which proposes to lift the lid on the district’s property tax levy from 31 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation to a permanent rate of 68 cents per $1,000, was failing after last Friday’s tally.
As of Nov. 8, the incomplete vote totals stood at 1,491 against versus 1,360 for the levy lid lift, which would bring in an additional $620,000 in revenue.
Results of the Nov. 5 Gen-eral Election will become official with certification on Nov. 26.
In other election developments, Ricky Knowles was winning his race against Karleen Swarztrauber for Position No. 4 on the Hos-pital District Board of Com-missioners.
Knowles, the incumbent in the race by virtue of ap-pointment, led Swarztraub-er, 1,495 to 971, in incomplete returns.
Concerning statewide initiatives, Klickitat County voters voted for cheaper car tab prices. Voters here supported Initiative 976 by a 3,177 to 1,746 margin following the count on Nov. 8.
According to the ballot title, I-976 would repeal, reduce, or remove authority to impose certain vehicle taxes and fees; limit annual motor vehicle license fees to $30, except voter-approved charges; and require the De-partment of Licensing to base vehicle taxes on Kelley Blue Book values.
I-976 was passing state-wide, 991,747 (52.98%) to 880,211 (47.02%).
The measure also would result in a reduction in funding for state and local transportation projects by a combined $4.2 billion over the next six years.