Brinnon school levy appears headed toward victory

BRINNON — Voters appeared to be approving a 7 percent Brinnon School District maintenance and operations levy on Tuesday.

With unofficial returns Tuesday night, 351 voters, or 64.76 percent, voted for the measure, against 191, or 35.24 percent, who voted no.

The next ballot count is tentatively scheduled for Friday, the Jefferson County Auditor’s Office said.

A 60 percent majority is required to pass school maintenance and operations levies, which cover the gap between state and federal funding and actual costs to operate schools.

“That’s a very positive vote for Brinnon,” said Bob Mollerus, a School Board member.

“Two years ago we won by merely two votes.”

The Auditor’s Office reported 483 ballots returned by mail, and an additional 59 cast in person Tuesday at a polling site in Brinnon.

In West Jefferson County, the tiny Queets-Clearwater School District also appeared to be passing a two-year levy Tuesday.

Unofficial returns showed 28 yes votes for a 66.67 percent margin, compared with 14 no votes, or 33.33 percent.

The proposal calls for a maximum tax rate of $1.39 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, producing about $35,000 in revenue for each of the two-year life of the levy.

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