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Officials certify Feb. 9 special election

Staff Writer | February 22, 2021 1:00 AM

EPHRATA — Officials with Grant, Lincoln and Adams counties certified the results Friday for the special election Feb. 9.

Ballot measures were few, with voters in the Wahluke, Ephrata and Odessa school districts voting on levies, while residents of Grant County Fire District 10 were voting to increase the number of commissioners on the board nearly a year after voters approved the merger of GCFD 10 and GCFD 11.

In Ephrata, school district voters overwhelmingly voted — 1,903 in favor, or 66% — to only 965 opposed for a four-year replacement levy, which is intended to pay for athletics, technology, security improvements, and other extracurricular activities not covered by state or federal funds. The levy is expected to raise around $1.7 million in 2022.

In the Odessa School District, which covers a portion of Grant and Adams counties, as well as Lincoln County, voters overwhelmingly approved both a one-year replacement levy and a one-year capital levy. The replacement levy, Proposition 1, designed to raise around $500,000 in 2022, received 336 votes (16 from Adams and 8 from Grant) — or 72% — in favor to 139 (14 from Adams and 5 from Grant) against.

Odessa School District voters also formally approved Proposition 2, a one-year capital levy intended to raise $100,000 in 2022, 342 votes (16 from Adams and 8 from Grant) — or 72% — to 136 (14 from Adams and 6 from Grant) against.

Wahluke School District voters, however, failed to approve the district’s proposed three-year capital improvement levy, rejecting the measure 381 — or 55% — to 308. The measure would have raised $1.5 million to replace roofs on two of the district’s elementary schools, as well as replace scoreboards and pay for security and safety improvements across the district.

Finally, those in Grant County Fire District 10’s boundaries voted overwhelmingly 402 — or 72% — to 159 to increase the number of commissioners to five from the current three.

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