The Blaine school district's $3 million capital projects bond inched closer toward approval after the latest ballot count numbers were released Wednesday evening.
The bond, which garnered 60.3 percent approval after the first ballot count was released, increased slightly to 60.8 percent as of Wednesday, February 15. Support for the school district's maintenance and operations levy, which would fund approximately 24 percent of the district's everyday expenses, also increased slightly to 63.8 percent from yesterday's 63.4.
Out of a total 3,959 Blaine and Birch Bay ballots counted so far, 2,405 voters approved the $3 million bond while 1,554 voted against it. A total of 2,534 voters said yes to the maintenance and operations levy while 1,441 voters rejected it.
The $3 million bond, which would mostly fund upgrades to Blaine High School's sciene labs, has now met both criteria needed for bond measures to pass: a super-majority of 60 percent or more of the vote and the necessary percentage of total ballots cast compared to last year's general election. Whatcom County Auditor Debbie Adelstein said 2,245 Blaine and Birch Bay residents would have had to vote for the ballots-cast percentage to be met, which has happened.
The county auditor's office estimates there are 4,000 ballots left to count countywide. The results of the next ballot count will be released a little after 5 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, February 16.