M&O levies passing, but Tonasket construction bond going down

NORTH COUNTY – Three of the four ballot measures involving Tonasket and Oroville School Districts were passing as of the initial Tuesday, Feb. 11, vote count, but one was going down to a decisive defeat.

Tonasket’s Proposition 2, a bond to expand and improve the school’s facilities, had 50.7 percent voting in favor (541-526). But as a bond measure, it requires 60 percent to pass, and it’s highly unlikely to make up that ground in additional mail-in ballots.

The news for levies, which require just 50 percent to pass, was better for the districts. ¬†Tonasket’s replacement maintenance and operation levy was leading with 59.29 percent of the vote (635-436). Oroville had a similar margin for its replacement M&O at 59.94 percent (392-262) while ¬†voters also favored a dissolution of the school board directors’ districts with a 65.93 percent majority (420-217).

County-wide voter turnout was 28.39 percent.

Click here for a rundown of all the county special election results.

About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).