Levy OK’d by four-vote margin

Grandview Schools Superintendent Kevin Chase is celebrating this morning. The final count is officially in, and the district’s capital improvements levy passed by four votes.

“A sincere thank you to all who supported the levy and worked so hard to get out the vote,” said Chase. “Grandview is truly a wonderful community that supports its children.”

The final vote, certified by Yakima and Benton counties yesterday, was 752 votes for the levy and 748 votes against.

The levy request Grandview School District put before voters sought $1.6 million in funding over three years to install new turf on the high school football field, new lighting at the facility and a new surface for the high school track.

This was the second attempt at passing the levy. The first effort last November failed by 114 votes, 52.83 percent to 47.17 percent.

Turnout in the February 2015 special election was low, with about 30 percent of eligible voters in Yakima County turning in ballots and 38 percent of Benton County voters returning ballots.

The results of the Bickleton levy vote were also certified yesterday. The three-year maintenance and operations levy was approved by a 98-29 margin. The $450,000 levy was a replacement for an existing levy that expires at the end of 2015.


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