Extra school levies get mixed results

Extra school levies get mixed results

Extra school levies get mixed results

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by Associated Press and KING5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on August 18, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 18 at 11:26 AM

SEATTLE -  Washington school districts hoping to get some extra money through supplemental levies are getting mixed results on ballots being counted this week.

The 2010 Legislature gave school districts permission to go back to voters for more money. Nine districts tried the idea this week. The districts need a simple 50 percent majority vote to pass.

Four levies appear to be failing, three are barely passing, and two more appear to be passing. None appear to be capturing voter enthusiasm like past efforts to raise school dollars through levies.

In Edmonds, voters are approving a $30 million levy to restore some jobs and previously cut programs.

The Everett School Districts' $12 million levy is running just short of approval.

It's very close in the Northshore School District. A $12 million measure designed to sustain current programs is barely passing.

The Ocean Beach Emergency one year levy is leading by just seven votes.

In Riverview a four year, $4 million levy is barely passing.

Superintendent Larry Nyland of Marysville says the district felt it owed its students a chance to get an extra $1.5 million a year starting in 2011. Marysville voters passed a regular operations levy in February but failed a construction bond in May. The supplemental levy appears to be failing by a wide margin.
 

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