Updated election results show Washougal levies still passing

Wednesday's ballot returns in Clark County don't change Tuesday night results

By Tyler Graf, Columbian county government reporter

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Updated: February 12, 2014, 10:58 PM

 

More ballots were counted Wednesday, but they did not change the results of Tuesday’s special election, in which the Washougal School District passed two levies. Woodland’s levy also appears to be passing.

However, Mount Pleasant School District voters defeated its maintenance and operations levy, 52 no votes to 40 yes votes. In each of the four levies, a simple majority was needed to pass.

In Mount Pleasant, the levy would have raised property taxes to $3.85 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2015 before dropping to $3.78 in 2016. The current levy rate is $2.44 per $1,000 of assessed home value.

Voters in Washougal approved a maintenance and operations levy by a vote of 59 percent to 41 percent. Washougal voters also approved a technology levy by a vote of 63 percent to 37 percent. The technology levy will be used to expand a pilot program that puts tablet computers into the hands of students.

Washougal's technology levy will raise property taxes to 37 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2015. That rate drops to 35 cents in 2016 and 34 cents in 2017. The district’s existing technology levy is 13 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value.

Washougal’s maintenance and operations levy will raise property taxes from $2.79 to $3.31 per $1,000 of assessed property during a three-year period, 2015 to 2017.

Turnout for the Feb. 11 special election was about 28 percent in Clark County. That’s not expected to increase much. Clark County election officials expect about 50 more ballots to come in by mail.

In Woodland, where the maintenance and operations levy was passing 53 percent to 47 percent on Wednesday, Superintendent Michael Green said the money would help cover the operating costs of a new high school. Currently under construction, it will open in 2015.

The Woodland levy would raise property taxes to $2.96 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2015. That rate drops to $2.88 in 2016 and $2.79 in 2017. The district’s current maintenance and operations levy rate is $2.45 per $1,000 of assessed home value.