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Tuesday election results for Yakima County

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- According to early vote counts Tuesday, several Yakima Valley school levies have passed, as well as one of the two major construction bonds.

As of 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, the Selah School District's $30.5 million bond proposal passed with 66 percent of the vote. Voters have rejected the Naches Valley School District's $19.8 million bond measure with only 58 percent of the vote.

The bond needs at least 60 percent supermajority of yes votes to pass.

"It's disappointing to lose the bond. It's exciting to win the levy, and we really need to say 'thanks' to folks that votes yes to both," said Duane Lyons, superintendent for the Naches Valley School District.

However, Naches Valley's $5.3 million levy request is passing with 64 percent of the vote.

"I'm guessing we will try again," said Lyons, on bringing up the bond issue to build a new elementary school. "But that's really up to the school board and the levy bond committee."

Third time's a charm for the Selah School District with their bond measure passing, according to superintendent Steve Chestnut. He says the money will be used to pay for a new junior high school and pay for other school improvements.

"We reconvened the committee after we failed, and they said 'lower the price and get it down to the current rate,'" explained Chestnut. "We think it'll pass, and that's what we did."

As of  Tuesday night, here are the results for other school maintenance and operation levy requests:

*Union Gap School District's levy is passing with 59 percent of the vote.

*Yakima School District's levy is passing with 60 percent of the vote.

*East Valley School District's levy is passing with 59 percent of the vote.

*Mabton School District's levy is passing with 65 percent of the vote.

*Sunnyside School District's levy is passing with 69 percent of the vote.

*High School District's levy is passing with 58 percent of the vote.

*Granger School District's passing with 62 percent of the vote.

*Zillah School District's levy is passing with 68 percent of the vote.

According to the Yakima County Auditor's Office, the West Valley School District's levy request failed with only 43 percent of the vote.

Yakima County has just over 34 percent of ballots returned. The election will be certified February 28.

For more information on the Special Election for Yakima County, click here.

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