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By Roger Harnack

Cheney School district levy too close to call


Last updated 11/7/2019 at 10:36am

CHENEY – It’s simply too close to call, and it may remain that way for several days.

As of the end of ballot counting in Tuesday night’s general election, Cheney School District Proposition No. 1 was failing by 22 votes.

The $4.274 million capital facilities levy was proposed to provide revenue to fund expanding educational facilities in the district due to dramatic growth in the student population, officials said. If approved, the levy would collect 50 cents per $1,000 assessed property value, or $100 on a home valued at $100,000.

The levy would be in addition to a current school tax rate of $4.64 per $1,000 valuation.

As of Tuesday night, 2,189 voters, or 50.25 percent, opposed the levy while 2,167 favored it.

Spokane County election figures showed 108 under votes.

County officials said the preliminary tally may continue to change for several days as 330,406 ballots were mailed to voters county-wide, but only 84,364 have been returned, so far. That’s a voter turnout of 25.53 percent.

Elections officials did not say how many of those ballots are from voters in the Cheney School District.

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