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Washington School Levy Measure Too Close to Count Monday

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Nearly a week after Election Day, an effort to make passing school levies easier is gaining ground.

With just about 178,000 votes left to count, the measure was too close to call.

As of Monday afternoon, 50 percent of voters were rejecting it, but 49.9 percent were approving it.

The amendment is aimed at eliminating the 60 percent supermajority requirement for approving special levies for local school districts.

The rule is a decades-old limitation on voters' power to tax property owners.

The measure was failing in all but five counties: King, San Juan, Thurston, Whatcom and Whitman.

The measure was too close to call in Asotin, Snohomish and Spokane.

No additional ballots were being counted Monday due to the Veteran's Day holiday.

Supporters said the measure was needed to remove unfair hurdles to districts at risk of losing programs, but opponents said it would only raise property taxes without helping education.