Voters rejecting Sequim schools levy, again

SEQUIM — Voters are rejecting the Sequim School District’s proposed $8.2 million, three-year maintenance and operations levy again.

District officials say a levy failure will result in personnel cuts and the possible elimination or reductions of some programs.

“Needless to say, this is real discouraging,” said Sequim School District Superintendent Mike Joyner, moments after he was handed the election night summary at the Clallam County Court House in Port Angeles.

“The real losers in this are the kids,” Joyner said. “We’ll have to notify some people that they won’t have jobs next year.”

With 9,945 qualified ballots counted in both Clallam and Jefferson counties Tuesday, only 56.19 percent of voters — 5,588 — had supported the levy; 43.81 percent — 4,357 — opposed it.

That is 379 votes short of the 60 percent supermajority state law requires for levy passage.

For the complete story see Wednesday’s Peninsula Daily News, on sale in Clallam County.

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