Some good news to share this afternoon: The latest numbers uploaded by King County Elections following today’s ballot count show that two ballot measures to fund parks and public schools in two different areas of King County are now passing, after having been short of the sixty percent threshold in earlier counts.
The first, a parks levy on Vashon-Maury Island, had been very close to begin with, but just shy of the magic three-fifths needed in the first count on Tuesday and the second count yesterday. Today, that changed.
The Yes vote climbed to 60.59% from 59.79% yesterday with the tabulation of one hundred and ninety-nine more votes in favor. The No vote shrank to a corresponding 39.41% with the addition of a smaller number of no votes.
Passage of this proposition will allow the Vashon Park District to replace an expiring levy that pays for maintenance and operations costs. Some specifics:
The proposed four-year capital levy would authorize the collection of levy amounts estimated to be not more than $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed value in each of the years between 2016 and 2019. The tax rate of approximately $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed value projected for the first year of collection in 2016 would equate to $50.00 per year (or $4.17 per month) for a $100,000 home.
To pass, the Vashon parks levy has to attain a 60% yes vote and either (1) a minimum of 1,253 yes votes or (2) a minimum turnout of 2,088 voters, in accordance with RCW 36.69.145. It looks like it will meet both criteria.
Meanwhile, in Enumclaw, a proposition that would allow the school district to issue bonds for school modernization has inched over that same three-fifths threshold. With 3,827 votes in favor, the Yes side now stands at 60.09%, up from 59.18% yesterday. The No side stands at 39.91% (2,542 votes).
The Enumclaw bond needs a 60% yes vote with a minimum turnout of 3,561 voters (in accordance with the Washington State Constitution’s Article VII, Section 2(b)). Given the positive trend we’ve seen since Tuesday, it looks like it will also pass.
South King Fire and Rescue’s bond proposition for firefighting gear isn’t faring as well. It’s still stuck in the upper fifties, and it doesn’t look like it will pass. It needs a 60% yes vote, but it’s only getting 57.52%.
The fate of other ballot measures we discussed on Tuesday night — including King County Proposition 1, which is passing with ease — remains unchanged.