WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Yesterday, February 8th, a Special Election was held via mail-in ballots regarding approval or rejection of property taxes for 2 school districts and a proposed library. Initial counts fell short for the 2 propositions that require a 60% super-majority for approval.
The following are the initial results after 34,841 ballots had been counted by 8:12pm yesterday.
Bellingham School District 501 Proposition 2022-3 General Obligation Bonds – $122,000,000 (requires 60% super-majority)
Ferndale School District 502 Proposition 2022-1 School Programs and Operations Replacement Levy
Whatcom County Rural Library District Proposition 2022-2 Establishing the Birch Bay Library Capital Facility Area (requires 60% super-majority)
Officials with the Ferndale School District issued a statement about 8:30pm yesterday declaring their levy proposition had been approved.
Bellingham Public Schools officials issued a statement acknowledging the initial count fell short of the required 60% approval need but remained optimistic. “We find that the later ballots tend to favor school measures at a higher rate.”
The next ballot count is expected today about 5pm.