Kennewick School Bond preliminary results: passing

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    KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Preliminary results are in and the 125-million dollar Kennewick School District bond is passing after the first vote count, with 62 percent of the vote.

    Over 15,000 people voted in the special election Tuesday.

    The Benton County Auditor's Office estimates there are 2000 ballots left to be counted.

    The next count is scheduled for 4pm, Wednesday, February 13th.

    Dave Bond, the Superintendent for the Kennewick School District told Action News, "We are delighted that once again our community has chosen to support our students and schools. We look forward to building great facilities that our community will be proud of for years to come."

    The Kennewick School District says the bond is to keep up with aging buildings, rapidly growing enrollment and critical safety updates.

    The bond will replace Kennewick High School and add more classrooms to Kamiakin and Southridge High schools, while also improving athletic facilities.

    Amistad and Ridge View Elementary schools will be replaced and a new elementary school will be added in a high-growth area.

    If the 20-year bond is approved, school taxes will increase by $.30 per $1,000 of assessed property value but KSD says the overall tax rate will be less than what you paid in 2017 or 2018 due to recent changes by the state in how schools are funded.

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