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Yakima County school tax levies, bonds

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Voters in Yakima county are deciding on several school levies Tuesday, including two major bonds to build new schools.

The Naches Valley School District is asking voters to approve a $19.8 million bond to build a new elementary school and make improvements at the current high school and middle school.

The Selah School District is asking for $30.5 million to build a new junior high school.

Voters have already turned down a nearly $40 million bond twice.

"It doesn't make sense to throw good money after bad into an old facility," said superintendent Steve Chestnut, with the Selah School District, adding "This proposal ran twice last year in 2011, and this proposal is reduced to about $9 million."

Chestnut says the school district will try again in 2013, if the bond issue fails in this election.

In addition to the two bonds, there are 11 school tax levies on the February 14th ballot.

School tax levies only need to break 50 percent to pass, but bonds need a 60 percent "yes" vote to pass.

Voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to drop off their ballots at the Yakima County courthouse.

For complete information on Yakima County's Special Election click here.