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Oakville M&O levy barely passing, stadium still failing

The Oakville School District’s two-year maintenance and operations levy, which was trailing by nine votes after the first count on election night, is now passing by a slim margin — four votes — after voting numbers were updated by the county Elections Office on Tuesday afternoon.

The Elections Office is scheduled to do a final update on Feb. 25, according to its website. Countywide turnout for the election was 36.17 percent of 32,355 ballots mailed out.

The levy is currently being approved — 210 to 206 — with 50.48 percent of the voters in favor of the levy.

The levy seeks $376,400 each year for 2015-17 with an approximate rate of $2.14 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Meanwhile, the Elma School District’s $8.4 million bond measure to build a new athletic stadium near the elementary school is still going down to solid defeat. As a bond measure, it needed a 60 percent super-majority to pass. It is currently being rejected, 1,002 to 884 or 53 percent to 47 percent. The bond measure garnered an extra 1 percent of support since the initial count on election night.

The other 10 M&O levies on the Feb. 11 ballot — which all were passing with relative ease on the first count — are still being approved by comfortable margins. They need a simple majority to pass.

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