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All local school levies passing

Levies appear passed after Thursday's count

DAVENPORT - Most proposed replacement levies aimed at raising funds for local schools appear to have passed after ballot returns in Davenport, Odessa, Reardan and Harrington updated Thursday, Feb. 15.

Most levies are passing comfortably, while one is still slightly too close to call.

The tightest margin is a proposed 2-year replacement Educational Programs and Operations levy in the Reardan-Edwall School District, valued at approximately $2 per $1,000 assessed property value.

Between Lincoln and Spokane Counties, the levy was passing 771-711 Friday, a 52.02% to 47.98% margin.

Most of those in favor were in Lincoln County, where voters were in favor of the levy 368-190. Spokane County voters leaned against the levy 521-403, creating the tightest proposition in the area.

In the Davenport School District, a 4-year replacement EP&O levy valued at approximately $2.30 per $1,000 assessed property value was passing with 484 voters for the levy and 379 against. And a 4-year replacement capital projects levy valued at approximately $1 per $1,000 assessed property value was slightly more favorable to voters with 489 for "yes" and 353 against.

"I'm cautiously optimistic. It's about what I expected," superintendent Chad Prewitt said. "I appreciate all the support we've received so far, and I understand a lot has changed since 2020."

Two replacement levies were passing comfortably in the Odessa School District. A 1-year replacement EP&O levy valued at approximately $1.89 per $1,000 assessed property value was passing 290-117.

Lincoln County voters favored the levy 271-103, while Grant County voters were 5-3 in favor and Adams County voters were 14-11 in favor.

And a 1-year replacement capital projects levy valued at approximately 38 cents per $1,000 assessed property value was passing 298-107. Lincoln County voters favored the levy 280-94, while Grant County voters were 4-2 in favor and Adams County voters were, again, in favor 14-11.

"It continues a really strong tradition in Odessa of supporting kids and schools," superintendent Steve Fisk said. "It's a generational thing here. I'm just grateful this community supports the schools."

A 2-year replacement EP&O levy valued at approximately $2.13 per $1,000 assessed property value was also comfortably passing 172-81 in the Harrington School District.

"I thought it was really good to see the support the community continues to give to Harrington," superintendent Howard King said. "There's a history of the community supporting the school, and that's what happened again this time."

A 1-year replacement excess levy for operations and maintenance in Hospital District No. 1, which is the Odessa area, was passing 306-148. That levy is valued at approximately $2.38 per $1,000 assessed property value.

The election will be certified Friday, Feb. 23, according to the Auditor's Office.

Lincoln County voters had returned 3,264 ballots by Tuesday night, a 42.47% voter turnout.

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Drew Lawson, Editor

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Drew Lawson is the editor of the Davenport Times. He is a graduate of Eastern Washington University.

 

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