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School levy passing by razor thin margin in Bremerton

By the narrowest of margins March 12, Bremerton tax payers are voting to renew a four-year schools levy that could bring in $27 million to school cofers. In voting results released late Tuesday by the Kitsap County Elections office, the Bremerton levy was passing by a 60.99 percent to 39.01 percent vote. State law requires school levy votes to reach the 60 percent approval threshold. The actual voting results as of late Tuesday evening were 4,901 yes votes, to 3,135 no votes.

The levy in Bremerton was the renewal of an existing levy that would tax property owners at $3.15 per $100,000 of assessed evaluation - no increase from the previous levy.

A schools levy in the Central Kitsap Schools was passing easily by a 65.5 percent to 34.4 percent margin. But a school district levy vote in North Kitsap was precariously close to defeat. Voters in that district were defeating their levy by a vote of 59.98 percent to 40.02 percent in tabulations through Tuesday.

Results in Bremerton and North Kitsap could easily change because of the large number of absentee ballots. The Auditor's Office is set to release the next elections update on Thursday, March 15.

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