School district propositions pass in special election

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Posted 2/12/20

Two levies for the Quilcene School District and one for the Brinnon School District passed in a special election on Feb. 11.

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School district propositions pass in special election

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Initial results show two levies for the Quilcene School District and one for the Brinnon School District passed in a special election on Feb. 11.

As of 9 p.m. on Feb. 11, 904 ballots were counted, according to the county auditor’s office. The total number of eligible voters was 2,605, making for a voter turnout of 34%.

Quilcene voters passed Proposition 1 with a “yes” vote of 61%.

Proposition 1 is a four-year general fund levy meant to replace the expiring general fund levy passed by voters in 2016. Proposition 2, a two-year capital projects levy that will go toward improving school facilities also passed with 53%.

The general fund levy goes toward things like athletics, music, counseling services, full transportation services and better school lunches. The $1.50 per $1,000 assessed value would levy $2.45 million over four years.

The capital projects levy—Proposition 2—is for $1.97 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for two years, amounting to about $1.63 million.

This money will be used to begin pre-construction on the new Quilcene elementary school, a new bus barn and a redesign of the student drop-off and pick-up area to address safety and security concerns, according to Quilcene Superintendent Frank Redmon.

Voters also passed a levy for Brinnon schools, with 66% of voters approving a levy that will replace the general fund levy for additional operations and programming.

The $1.02 per $1,000 of assessed valuation is the same as the last voter-approved levy. The new levy would allow Brinnon schools to raise $648,370 over two years ending in 2022.

The money will fund supplemental school lunches and breakfast, building maintenance and repairs, operating expenses, student counseling and other unfunded education programs.

The expiring levy also funded school facility improvements such as updates to the parking lot, new gym windows, ADA ramps and lighting.

This article will be updated when the official results are tallied. 

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