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Local school levies overwhelmingly OK'd

Voters overwhelmingly approved maintenance and operation levies in the Mabton and Sunnyside school districts yesterday, Tuesday.

The Sunnyside School District levy passed with 69.39 percent voting yes (1,274) and 30.61 percent voting no (562).

Mabton's passed by a slightly smaller margin, 65.2 to 34.8 percent, with 163 voters giving thumbs up and 87 voting no.

The result means that the rate per $1,000 of property value in Sunnyside will increase from $1.25 to $1.58 each year. For example, a home valued at $100,000 in Sunnyside will pay $158 with the levy increase.

The rate in Mabton rose from $1.21 per $1,000 in property valuation to $1.48.

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