The Whatcom County Auditor’s Office Elections Division reported Friday the final count of votes had been certified in the February 12th Special election. The Ferndale School District $112 million bond proposition was approved with 62.04% approval votes, passing the required 60% supermajority threshold and meeting the requirement for the total number of votes cast.
The proposition received 6,078 votes in favor and 3,719 opposed out of a total of 9,797 votes. The bond issue is intended to fund building a new Ferndale High School ($105 million) as well as perform critical maintenance ($4 million) and safety and security improvements ($1 million) on other buildings throughout the district.
In addition to the supermajority approval requirement, the total number of votes cast needed to be more than 40% of those cast in the most recent General Election. 15,224 votes were cast in the November General Election so more than 6,090 votes were needed to be cast to validate the bond proposition in the Special Election.
The approval vote allows the bond issue to be paid back over 20 years using property taxes imposed on taxable properties within Ferndale School District boundaries.
Supporters and the Ferndale School District have announced a community event on March 9th at 2pm in the Ferndale High School Cafeteria to celebrate approval of the bond issue. According to organizers, “Members of the School Board, Community Oversight Committee, and Support Ferndale Schools will be there to answer questions and say “Thank You.”