It’s back to the drawing board in East Valley, as voters in the school district weren’t kind Tuesday to a $65 million bond request.
While there remain ballots to be counted, there isn’t much chance of making up lost ground. Nearly two out of three voters weren’t swayed to fund a 1,500-seat performing arts center, new turf and lights to the football field, and new locker rooms and a field house to East Valley High School.
The measure failed by 63 percent – 3,388 to 1,971 as of Tuesday’s mail-in vote deadline – and was the fifth bond defeat since 2008 for East Valley. The last time the district attempted to pass a vote was in 2011, and that $35.4 million proposal did slightly better at 39-percent approval.
The money – which would have come from $1.31 per $1,000 in assessed valuation from district property owners – would have also been used to renovate East Farms, Otis Orchards and Trentwood elementaries, along with the Continuous Curriculum School.
Meanwhile, just northwest of East Valley, voters in the Orchard Prairie School District supported by over 75 percent a maintenance-and-operations levy by about 75 percent. Residents were asked to approve the $105,000 replacement levy for $1.35 per $1,000 in assessed valuation.
Rockford voters, however, were not feeling generous toward a proposal to tax themselves more to pay for the town’s law-enforcement contract with Spokane County. The request failed by over 69 percent.
Money saved from the contract would have been used to improve Rockford’s wastewater treatment plant and water system.
There was happier news in the Newman Lake area, were voters eagerly agreed 563 votes to 232 to fund a replacement emergency-services levy that will go into effect in 2014.
Results from Tuesday’s special election will not be certified until Feb. 26.
Election updates can be seen at spokanecounty.org/elections.