The Sunnyside and Mabton school districts received an overwhelming thumbs up from voters last night, approving maintenance and operation levies for both districts.
By a more than 2-to-1 margin-1,737 yes votes (68.17 percent) to 811 no votes (31.83 percent)-voters approved the Sunnyside School District's $5.6 million levy. The levy breaks down to $1.4 million per year and will actually lower property taxation from $1.34 per $1,000 of valuation currently to $1.20 next year.
Mabton saw its levy approved by an even wider, 3-to-1 margin, with 74.58 percent of voters saying yes and 25.42 voting no. The resounding yes vote means the Mabton School District will be able to proceed with a levy that will garner about $170,000 per year over the next four years for basic school maintenance and operations.
The closest contest in the Lower Valley was over in the Granger School District, which benefited from recent legislation that no longer requires a 60 percent supermajority to approve school levies.
A total of 349 voters (55.75 percent) in the Granger School District approved the levy, while 277 (44.25 percent) voted no. The outcome means the district will be able to proceed with a two-year $1.17 million levy.