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Franklin County Auditor: Pasco School Bond approved with 60.07% super-majority

Franklin County Auditor: Pasco School Bond approved with 60.07% super-majority

PASCO, Wash. — The votes have been certified and the total numbers for the 2017 election are final.

The Franklin County Auditor reports the bond passing the required 60% super-majority with 6,270 votes.

Elections Administrator Ashley Heyen told Action News the addition of 74 votes since Nov. 13 changed things.

The disputed votes were initially disqualified due to the voter signing the wrong spot, or being mailed from overseas.

The Pasco School District's $99.5 million bond will go toward two new elementary schools, a new middle school, and a complete rebuild of Stevens Middle School.

District Superintendent Michelle Whitney said they're grateful to Pasco voters for approving the bond,

"We view this as a gift from our community and we absolutely will be good stewards of those dollars, and stretch them as far as we can, provide a very high quality facilities for students, while being mindful of the efficiencies that we can build into the process for our community."

District leaders say the bond is needed to solve overcrowding of one of the fastest school districts in the state.

On Nov. 13, the bond fell short of the super-majority by less than a vote with 59.99%.

Franklin County Auditor has final totals for other measures here.

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