Levy fails to reach supermajority

Central Kitsap School District officials are in shock because their six-year, $17 million capital projects levy failed on Tuesday. The levy needed 60 percent voter approval to pass and, as of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, only received 53.6 percent.

In all, 13,618 votes were counted on Tuesday night, which included all the mail-in ballots and the ballots at all eight polling locations. More ballots may be in the mail, as mail-in ballots had to be postmarked by Tuesday to count in the election.

The capital projects levy would have raised $17 million in local funds and combined with state matching funds and federal impact aid to set aside about $56 million for new construction and renovations in the school district.

The levy was going to fund new Seabeck and Jackson Park elementary schools and a new district transportation building.

"It will be another day," Superintendent Greg Lynch said after getting the levy results. Lynch, school board members and several administrators gathered in JJ's by the Bay in Port Orchard Tuesday evening to await the outcome.

School Board Member Chris Stokke said he still believes that a levy, not a bond, is the right plan for the school district.

"The levy is still the right answer, we just have to pass it," Stokke said.

Baord Member Lee Ann Powers had a different take.

"I'm just shocked," Powers said. "(The plan) made so much sense."

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