According to the latest voting results in Benton County, voters in Kennewick reject one of the two levies, while the Prosser and Finley levies fail.
KENNEWICK VOTERS REJECT OPERATIONAL LEVY BUT PASS TECHNOLOGICAL IMPROVEMENTS.
The auditor’s office shows 12,170 votes were counted, or 100% in Kennewick, and the replacement for educational programs and Levy operations fails 51.6% to 48.39. However, the replacement tax for improvements in instructional technology was reduced from just over 51% to 48%. 12,170 votes were cast on operational levy, while 12,267 on technology.
In the weeks leading up to the election, there were a number of stories in local media about growing opposition to the levies due to citizen resistance to mask mandates. A growing number of groups have said that unless the district removes mask mandates, they will vote against the levies. It seems that this is partly happening.
FINLEY LEVY FAILED BY TWO VOTES
The Riverview School District Education, Programs and Operations Substitute Levy failed by 2 votes, 288 to 286.
RICHLAND PASSING BOTH TRIPS
Richland also decided on the same two types of levies. The operational went through a margin of just over 52% to 47 while the technology went from 54 to 45% yes.
PROSSER VOTES AGAINST THE WAIVER
This race is a multi-county race, as Yakima County votes also count. But for Benton County results ONLY, the operating tax was failing by approximately 55-44%.
The office of auditors says that the final certification of the elections will take place on February 18.