Ocosta school funding enhancement levy approved

The proposal won by only 20 votes and people in Pacific County provided the win

A property tax levy known as Proposition 2, which would raise money for health, safety and energy efficiency improvements for the Ocosta School District, has been approved by voters in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.

Elections office in both counties report that this funding enhancement levy was approved by a slim, 20-vote margin: 632 votes (50.8 percent) to 612 (49.2 percent). In Grays Harbor County, 522 votes were against and 506 in favor; in Pacific County, 126 votes were in favor and 90 votes were against.

Last week, the results were tied at 591 votes in favor and 591 against. Such levies require a 50-percent-plus-one-vote margin to pass.

Ocosta’s Proposition 1 appears likely to be approved with a districtwide total of 665 votes, (53 percent) approving the replacement funding levy.

Elections officials in both counties needed to be through with the vote-counting process so results for the Feb. 14 Special Election could be certified on Friday.