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Election results: Strong ‘yes’ for school levies, library lift

The 60 percent “supermajority” requirement may be a thing of the past, but results from the Tuesday, Feb. 9, election showed Snoqualmie Valley levies blowing past that tough bar.

The Upper Valley district’s maintenance and operations levy saw 61 percent approval in the latest poll results as of press time.

The maintenance levy pays for about a fifth of the district’s budget and helps support staff at all levels of education, from counselors to bus drivers.

Nearly 5,400 residents voted in support of the levy, while about 3,450 people voted against it.

The school’s technology levy, which would pay for upgrades and training, was set to pass with 60 percent approval.

About 5,000 people voted for the technology levy, while about 3,250 voted “no.”

Voter turnout as of Friday’s count was at 42 percent in the Snoqualmie district.

Library vote

King County Library System’s levy lid lift measure held a strong edge toward approval with a 52 percent “yes” vote. About 123,000 people voted for the lift, which would raise the library levy back to its 50-cent property tax cap. Library staff said passage will maintain library programs in heavy demand due to the stalled economy.

In the Lower Valley’s Riverview School District, all three levy measures were trending to a strong passage.

Riverview’s maintenance and operations levy was passing with 59.19 percent approval, while the technology levy was passing with 59.03 percent “yes” votes.

The district’s transportation levy, which would purchase new buses and upgrade the fleet, was passing with 60 percent approval.

About 40 percent of Riverview registered voters had been counted as of Tuesday.

Votes will continue to be counted by the King County Elections Department over the next two weeks.

Final results will be posted on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

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