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Selah community celebrates school levy results

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SELAH, Wash.- School leaders, staff members and students from Yakima County school districts celebrated the levies' success. All the school levies passed.  

For Selah, the election results are a relief. Board members waited at the Yakima County Courthouse. Minutes later, they celebrated the news, the Selah levy passed with a 65 to 34 vote.

Selah staff members say this makes up 15 percent of their overall budget. With big cuts underway in the state legislature, board members say it's a relief to see the levy win.

"$1.7 million shortfall and the if this didn't pass we'd be at like 22 or 25 percent, that's a tremendous loss for a district so this is great, voters backed us 100 percent," said James Sebree, a school board member for the Selah School District.

Board members say even with the levy they're still facing a shortfall but hope to address that issue with a school bond.

As for levy results, ballots turned in or mailed Tuesday will be counted and final numbers will be out in two weeks.