MOUNT VERNON — Early results from Tuesday’s special election show voters in the Burlington-Edison School District are rejecting the district’s request for a $98.3 million bond issuance proposal.
As of Tuesday night, the bond proposal had 50.02 percent in favor and 49.98 percent against — a difference of one vote. Bond issuance proposals require a 60 percent super majority to pass.
“We were hoping with this first batch we’d be in the high 50s,” Burlington-Edison School District Superintendent Laurel Browning said of the vote percent.
With 4,000 ballots left to count, she said she was hopeful the district would have a more definitive answer by the next count on Friday.
If approved, the majority of the money would go toward building a middle school for the district’s seventh- and eighth-graders.
Three other Skagit County school districts — Concrete, La Conner and Mount Vernon — saw levy requests passing as of Tuesday night.
In the Mount Vernon School District, early results show voters approving a two-year replacement educational programs and operations (EPO) levy as well as a two-year $4.7 million replacement safety and technology levy.
The replacement EPO levy is passing with about 58 percent of the vote.
The replacement and technology levy is passing with about 57 percent of the vote.
Levies require a simple majority — 50 percent plus one — to pass.
In the La Conner School District, voters look to be approving the district’s two-year replacement EPO levy, which it estimates will bring in at least $807,605 per year.
The levy is passing with about 66 percent of the vote.
“I’ve got an ear-to-ear smile,” La Conner School District Superintendent Whitney Meissner said. “The fact that it passed with two-thirds of our voters saying ‘yes,’ it just feels incredibly heart warming to have that amount of support from our community.”
Educational programs and operations levies pay for everything from textbooks to extracurricular activities.
In Concrete, voters are approving the district’s two-year replacement EPO levy, which it estimates would bring in a maximum of about $900,000 per year.
So far, the levy is passing with about 68 percent of the vote.
“That’s pretty huge for our community,” Concrete School District Superintendent Wayne Barrett said. “People just stepped up, and that tells us what that community is about.”
The next round of results will be counted Friday. Election results will be certified Feb. 22.