Early numbers show low turnout for mostly school levy election

As of Friday, 14.40% of ballots have been returned for the February Special Election.

In total, 33,205 ballots had been sent out to voters for a number of issues, including 13 total school requests and 3 fire department requests.

11 local schools, plus Mary M. Knight, were included in this election. Lake Quinault had 2 issues on the ballot.

The majority of the ballot consists of renewed school levies, as the State continues to find a way to and a process of fully funding education. Legislators are working to follow a court mandated decision to establish a plan for fully funding K-12 public education by 2018.

At this time, the full details of the plan and how funds will be allocated are not completely clear.

Aberdeen School District Superintendent Alicia Henderson told KXRO in an interview that while the funding to maintain state mandated education may be coming from the state instead of primarily property taxes, not renewing these levies could cause extracurricular activities, sports programs, and after-school functions to be eliminated.

In early numbers, Wishkah residents have shown the highest turnout with 22.6%. The Taholah School District has the lowest turnout at only 3.15%.

 

School District      
Sch Dist 5 – Aberdeen 10,461 1,410 13.48%
Sch Dist 28 – Hoquiam 5,967 858 14.38%
Sch Dist 64 – N. Beach 5,678 1,012 17.82%
Sch Dist 65 – McCleary 1,828 228 12.47%
Sch Dist 68 – Elma 4,701 614 13.06%
Sch Dist 77 – Taholah 445 14 3.15%
Sch Dist 97 – Quinault 539 79 14.66%
Sch Dist 99 -Cosmopolis 1,257 222 17.66%
Sch Dist 104 – Satsop 367 49 13.35%
Sch Dist 117 – Wishkah 593 134 22.60%
Sch Dist 79 – M Knight 102 14 13.73%
Sch Dist 400 – Oakville 1,267 147 11.60%
Fire District      
Fire District 4 408 73 17.89%
Fire District 7 724 130 17.96%

 

An additional count of ballots is scheduled for Monday, February 5.

Voters have until Tuesday, February 13, 2018

 

Lake Quinault School District No. 97 – two-year levy operation and maintenance
Lake Quinault School District No. 97 – dissolution and reappointment of directors’ districts
Cosmopolis School District No. 99 – two-year replacement educational programs and operations levy
Hoquiam School District No. 28 – two-year excess property tax levy for expenses not covered by the state
Wishkah Valley School District No. 11 7 – two-year replacement educational programs and operations levy
North Beach School District No. 64 – two-year replacement levy for educational programs and operations
Aberdeen School District No. 5 – two-year replacement of expiring educational programs and operations levy
Oakville School District No. 400 – two-year general fund maintenance & operations levy
Satsop School District No.104 – two-year replacement of expiring educational programs and operations levy
Taholah School District No. – two-year replacement of expiring educational programs and operations levy
Mary M. Knight School District No. 311 – two-year school education enrichment levy
McCleary School Disrict No.65 – two-year replacement of expiring educational programs and operations levy
Elma School District No.68 – two-year replacement of expiring educational programs and operations levy
Grays Harbor Fire Protection District No. 4 – 1-year Emergency Medical Services Property Tax Levy
Grays Harbor Fire Protection District No. 7 – 6-year Emergency Medical Care and Ambulance Service
Grays Harbor Fire Protection District No. 7 – 4-Year Excess levy for Emergency Medical Care and Ambulance Service

 

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