Taholah M&O levy passing

Ever feel like one vote doesn’t count? The Taholah School District looks to be getting the maintenance and operations levy it asked for on Tuesday’s special election ballot, thanks to 42 voters.

Six people voted against the levy and 42 for it, for 87.5 percent approval. That’s an 11.27 percent turnout so far for the 426 voters in the district, “and they have the fate of a $150,000 M&O in their hands,” Grays Harbor County Auditor Vern Spatz said.

The two-year levy will raise $150,000 per year, with an approximate levy rate of $7.66 per $1,000 of assessed value for property within the district. It replaces an expiring levy.

Another 11 ballots arrived at the office Wednesday, Spatz said. Usually, a second count will happen three days from Election Day, but the minimum threshold is 25 votes. If fewer than that come in, Spatz said, they’ll have to wait until the certification deadline on May 6. At least 44 votes will need to be certified in order for the election to be valid.

Coming up quickly after certification, candidate filing for the November general election opens May 12 and runs through 16. For a list of offices and filing fees, visit http://1.usa.gov/1hl2SRA, or call the Auditor’s Office at 360-964-1556.


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