The Snohomish County Auditor’s Office has been counting votes on the county’s various school levies since Tuesday night, and as of this morning, both of Monroe’s two school levies were still ahead.
The first levy, Proposition 1, which asked for a replacement of the “Learning Levy,” or the one used to supplement the state’s funding and that provides about 20 percent of the district’s budget, was passing with 2,823 votes, or 53.15 percent of the vote, with 2,488, or 46.85 percent, voting no.
Passage would mean that the district will collect $15 million in 2015, then a million more each year through 2018.
The second levy, Proposition 2, is for funds to update the district’s technology assets, including computers, networks, interactive white boards, document cameras and so on. That levy is passing by a slightly greater margin. So far, the auditor has counted 2,880 in favor, or 54.37 percent of the vote, and 2,417 votes against the levy, or 45.63 percent of the total. Those margins are about one percent greater in favor of the levies than were yesterday’s totals.
Sultan’s school levy is passing by a wide margin. So far, 64.81 percent of votes, or 1,234, have been in favor, with 670, or 35.19 percent, opposed.
Countywide, all levies are passing, including levies in Snohomish, Darrington, Mukilteo, Marysville, Lake Stevens, Everett, Northshore, Lakewood, Granite Falls and Edmonds.
Votes will continue to be counted as they arrive in the mail; they had to be postmarked by Tuesday.
The election will be considered final Tuesday, Feb. 25.
The number of ballots counted to date represent about a 24 percent voter turnout, but that could increase slightly by the end of the week.