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02/10/2010: "Orcas School Bond Fails"

Voters on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands showed strong support for four of the five Ballot Measures Tuesday; however The Orcas Island School District’s Facilities Improvements Bond issue failed to gain the required 60% of the vote required for approval.

Four of the five issues on ballot were related to Education:
Orcas Island voters approved one of the two School District propositions. The first, a replacement for an expiring Orcas Island School District’s levy, passed with more than 67% of the vote (Yes: 1266 - No: 603). That levy will produce an estimated $1.7 million for the district in 2011.

The second Orcas issue, a $35 million General Obligation bond issue to fund the construction of a middle school and several other capital projects, required a 60% majority for approval, but drew just 55% majority (Yes:1,026 - No: 834) .
On Lopez Island, more th
an 75% of the people voting endorsed the replacement of the Lopez Island School District’s expiring school district levy (Yes: 562 -" No: 182). In 2011 the levy will produce approximately $942,000 in revenue.

On San Juan Island, the replacement school levy for the San Juan Island School District passed with a 69% majority (Yes: 1,869 - No: 841). That levy will produce approximately $2.3 million in 2011.
The San Juan County Hospital District #1 issue to replace an expiring levy to fund Emergency Medical Services on San Juan Island passed easily with nearly 76% of the vote. (Yes: 2057 - No: 658). The six-year, $.35 per $1000 property tax levy will produce approximately $1.25 million in 2011.
Ballots deposited in ballot drop off boxes on Lopez and Orcas were collected at 8 p.m. last night, but will not arrive at the election’s department for counting until today.

As of the end of the evening on Tuesday, a total of 5,339 ballots had been counted and a estimated 1000 ballots remain to be tallied. 11,159 people are registered to vote in San Juan County. County Auditor Milene Henley said Wednesday morning that it does not appear that there are enough outstanding ballots to affect the outcome of any of the issues.

Updated results and more information about the individual issues is available on the County Elections website Election Results:** Click HERE

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