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Castle Rock library levy short of passing Tuesday; school board race close

Castle Rock library levy short of passing Tuesday; school board race close


Editor's note: An earlier version of this story reported only the Cowlitz County results for the Castle Rock School Board race. This article has been updated to reflect the multi-county results.

Tuesday night's election returns show Castle Rock's annual library levy failing and a near tie for a school board position. 

Ballot counting Wednesday night had the library levy with 235 "yes" votes, or about 56.6% approval. It needs a 60% supermajority to pass and at least 225 “yes” votes to validate the results. 

"It's so early, it's really hard to say which way it will go," Library Director Vicki Selander said Tuesday night.

This is the city's second attempt this year to pass the $81,000 measure. The measure failed narrowly in the August primary.

Selander said the general election is the city's last chance to run the levy. The last time the annual levy failed, the library cut hours and made other economies. "We'd have to cut way back," Selander said. 

The measure would cost citizens 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, or about $125 annually on a $250,000 home. 

School board race close

Castle Rock School Board candidates Val Tinney and Tracy Morgan continued to remain close on Wednesday. The women are running for the "at large" seat.

Although Morgan led narrowly in Tuesday's count, Tinney took the lead Wednesday with 49.9% of the votes to Morgan's 48.6%. Tinney had 986 votes, and Morgan had 961. 

Morgan criticized the school board's leadership style and said she would be a parent advocate to improve education. Tinney, who is seeking a second, four-year term, said she wants to focus on passing a much-needed school facilities bond to build a new middle school.   


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