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Local school levies appear to be passing

Camas facilities bond holds narrow approval edge

By , Columbian Editor

Voters in six Clark County school districts appeared to give approval to school levies in first results released Tuesday evening. A Camas facilities bond was narrowly passing, with more votes to be counted in the coming days.

With only simple majorities needed to pass, Evergreen had 60.0 percent, Vancouver 70.4 percent, Ridgefield 63.7 percent, La Center 56.5 percent, Hockinson 53.4 percent and Green Mountain, 56.1 percent.

At stake were three-year maintenance and operations levies serving more than 55,000 students in the Evergreen, Vancouver, Washougal, Ridgefield, La Center, Hockinson and Green Mountain school districts. The measures would authorize the school districts to collect in total more than $100 million yearly in local property taxes. The money will be spent on extra teacher pay, extracurricular activities, supplies and other operating costs not covered by the state.

The other measure on Tuesday’s ballot was a $119.7 million facilities bond for Camas Public Schools.  It was passing with 61.1 percent approval. If approved by at least 60 percent of the voters, it would pay to construct a smaller, standalone high school on the current Camas High campus, renovate the old Joyce Garver Theater/Garfield building, build a new Lacamas Heights Elementary, and provide funds for other capital projects.

The results showed 53,173 ballots were tabulated on Tuesday night, or 26.6 percent of 199,855 mailed to voters. More ballots will arrive and be tabulated in the coming days, as this count does not include ballots dropped off at a collections location on Tuesday, or mailed on or before Tuesday’s deadline but not yet delivered by the post office.