School District M&O levy passing; Capital Projects proposition too close to call

Following the first round of ballot counting at the close of the Polls on Election Night, Tuesday, Feb. 14, the Ocosta School District Maintenance and Operations levy appears to be passing, while Proposition No. 2, the District’s ask for capital improvements that concentrated on new roofs for two older buildings and upgrades at the school’s athletic field complex, appears to be failing, albeit by a very close margin.

School levies require a simple majority — 50% + 1 vote — for passage.

Grays Harbor votes

School District voters in Grays Harbor County cast 495 YES votes out of 964 ballots counted on Election night for the Maintenance and Operations Levy, giving it an initial 51.35% approval.

At the first count, the Capital Improvements levy received 467 YES votes out of a total of 968 counted for a 48.24% approval rating.

Pacific County votes

Both measures faired better with Pacific County voters residing in the Ocosta School District. The Maintenance and Operations levy received 109 YES votes for a 59.56% favorable return out of 183 votes counted Election night.

The Capital Projects levy received 104 YES VOTES, for a 56.83% favorable return, again with 183 ballots counted.

Combined total

The two-county vote total resulted in Proposition No. 1 standing at 52.66% approval on Election night, with likely passage in its future. Proposition No. 2 sits at a precarious 49.61% approval mark, just shy of the 50% plus one vote simple majority required for passage.

M & O levy

The Maintenance and Operations Levy will replace an expiring levy approved by Ocosta voters in 2014. The proposed levy for the next three years, 2018, 2019, and 2020, would be about $2.82 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The replacement levy is expected to raise a total of $2,000,000 through collections in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Capital Projects levy

The six-year Capital projects levy would be used for repairing the grandstands by replacing the canopy and press box and improving the restrooms, concessions and surrounding areas, including an upgrade for ADA compliance.

The capital projects levy would cost taxpayers $0.58 per $1,000 of assessed property value, and is expected to raise a total of $2,550,000 through collections from 2018 through 2023.

Next ballot counts

The next ballot count in Grays Harbor County is scheduled for Feb. 24, with Pacific County planning to do its next count this Friday, Feb. 17.