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Kennewick School District Levy Passing So Far, School Leaders Pleased

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In Kennewick, the votes are looking good for the school district's operations levy. After the first round of tallying votes, 62% of voters have voted yes. In Kennewick, the votes are looking good for the school district's operations levy. After the first round of tallying votes, 62% of voters have voted yes.

KENNEWICK, WA - Election workers around the region have been verifying ballots for most of the day.

In Benton County, 29,108 ballots have been counted and the auditor believes there is at least 3,000 more to be counted.

In Kennewick, the votes are looking good for the school district's operations levy. After the first round of tallying votes, 62% of voters have voted yes.

School leaders were at the auditor's office when the results came out tonight and they are excited.

"Wonderful! 62% is great, anything above 60 is great, anything about 65 is better so that's what one of our goals always is," Citizens Bond and Levy Committee Chair, Kevin Veleke, told NBC Right Now.

Superintendent Dave Bond's reaction was about the same, "this is huge, we certainly appreciate our community supporting us now for 44 consecutive years by passing levies here in Kennewick.

The levy provides about 20 percent of the annual budget for the school district that the state doesn't fund -like sports, reading, extra curricular activities, and counseling.

The superintendent says the district will put a bond on the ballot next year  that would cover the costs to build a couple new elementary schools, a new middle school. and to re-model a few older facilities.

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