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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Cheney, Medical Lake school levies passing


Last updated 2/11/2021 at 11:52am

WEST PLAINS — Cheney and Medical Lake school districts’ Educational Programs and Operations levies were passing with comfortable majorities on Tuesday night – but not quite as comfortable as similar levies three years ago.

According to Feb. 9 special election results from the Spokane County Elections Department, Cheney Public Schools’ Proposition 1 EP&O levy was passing with a 55.21 % yes vote, while Proposition 2, a Capital Facilities Levy, was receiving 57.68 % of the vote. In Medical Lake, Proposition 1 was ahead by a 56.33 – 43.67 % margin.

By comparison, Cheney’s levy in 2018 passed with a 61.1 % yes vote while Medical Lake’s received 63.75 % approval. That year, Medical Lake also ran a capital improvements project levy for security and infrastructure that passed with 64.54 % of the vote.

Both Cheney levies are billed as replacement levies. The EP&O levy, formerly known as the Maintenance and Operations levy, sets a rate of $1.65 per $1,000 of assessed property values while the Capital Facilities levy sets a rate of 10 cents per $1,000 of APV.

Medical Lake’s levy is also an extension of the three-year measure voters approved in February 2018 and replicates the $1.50 per $1,000 in property valuation. It puts in place seamless funding to carry on past the sunsetting of the current levy.

Elections results are preliminary, and will not be certified until Feb. 19.

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John McCallum, Managing Editor

John McCallum is an award-winning journalist who has been with the Cheney Free Press for over 20 years. He has received 10 Washington Newspaper Publisher Association awards for journalism and photography, including first place awards for Best Investigative, Best News and back-to-back awards in Best Breaking News categories. He has been serving as editor of the Spokane Valley News Herald since March 2020.

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