From the offices of the Spokane Valley Fire Department administration building to the hallways of area school districts, there were plenty of smiles Wednesday morning.
Local registered voters affirmed bond and levy requests nearly without exception. The news was especially good in the Central Valley School District, where a bond hasn’t passed in 17 years.
Central Valley’s $121.9 million bond – which was seeing nearly 65-percent approval in Tuesday night’s ballot returns – will pay for improvements to schools throughout the district, address overcrowding issues and affirms plans for a third high school.
A 60-percent supermajority is needed to pass bond requests, while levies need just over 50-percent approval. CVSD’s levy reached nearly 68-percent, or just over 12,000 yes votes for passage.
Meanwhile, the news was positive in the West Valley School District, as well, where two levies were passed at over 67-percent approval. The first will pay for maintenance and operations, while the second is targeted for technology upgrades.
The Freeman School District also saw its levy pass at just over 62 percent in Tuesday’s special election.
The Orchard Prairie School District, located just north of the Spokane Valley, managed to pass its levy at over 70 percent. However, a bond request was failing with only 57-percent approval with 117 yes votes to 88 no votes in the first count of ballots.
Spokane Valley Fire’s levy passage means that about half of the department’s budget will remain stable for the next four years. Passage at 72 percent will keep personnel intact and pave the way for a new fire station to serve the Liberty Lake area.
The Spokane County Elections Office counted 91,196 ballots Tuesday. Further updates may be checked at spokanecounty.org/elections.
The results of the Feb. 10 special election will not be official until certified on Feb. 24.