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Castle Rock Library levy likely to pass, depending on total ballot count

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Castle Rock’s library levy got a huge vote of support Tuesday night but was still troubled by the problem that fatally undermined in the August primary: low voter turnout. This time, though, the outlook seeks rosier.

Tuesday’s night’s count had the levy passing, with a 70 percent “yes” vote. But only 319 votes were cast, short of the 387 needed to validate the election. Still, the measure might pass through what is sometimes called the “back door” method. If the levy gets 232 yes votes (60 percent of 387), the election would be validated.

As of Tuesday night, the levy had 225 yes votes. Just seven more will give it a victory.

Countywide, 5,000 ballots are left to count.

It was not known how many are from Castle Rock, but it’s probable that there are at least seven more “yes” votes for the library waiting to be counted.

“I feel very confident that it will pass, because I know the people of Castle Rock are behind us,” Castle Rock librarian Vicki Selander said.

The levy is the sole means of taxpayer support for the library operations.

Castle Rock had no other contested races on the ballot this year, but voters did participate in an advisory ballot on the location for a new middle school.

The outcome: voters want the new school located adjacent to the high school, with 62 percent of the Cowlitz County voters and 60 percent in Lewis County voters endorsing that location.

The Castle Rock School Board will take the result under advisement.

The Board will submit a formal ballot propositions for bonds to build a new middle school campus in 2018.


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