Ocean Shores library measure passing

Ocean Shores voters continue to be closely split on a replacement levy proposal to support the city’s public library.

Results released Tuesday night showed the ballot measure passing narrowly with 51.84 percent (788 votes) to 48.16 percent (732 votes) in what has been classified as a levy lid lift rather than a stand-alone levy that requires a 60 percent super-majority to pass.

The Grays Harbor County Auditor’s office said the measure appears to need a 50 percent plus one vote approval or better to pass because of that classification. Julie Colacurcio, county elections supervisor, said between the election and final certification , the Grays Harbor County Auditor’s office will be determining if it is truly a levy lid lift under the technical definition of the law. A total of 3,594 ballots were mailed to Ocean Shores residents.

The North Coast News reported there were 355 ballots dropped off Tuesday at a ballot drop-off box at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, so the totals are expected to be close like the last time the measure was up for a vote in April, narrowly losing.

This levy is set at 24.7 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, down from the previous request of 28.7 cents per $1,000 that failed in April, with 51.19 percent of the voters rejecting the measure.

In 2010, a 22 cents per $1,000 levy for the library was approved, with the measure winning by three votes.