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Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Vashon parks levy, Enumclaw school bond cross 60% minimum threshold for passage

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.

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