One city bond passes, other likely

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

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Both City of Pullman bonds are in position for approval following the Feb. 13 special election.

Proposition No. 2, which will fund the improvement of city paths and parks, passed with almost 75 percent approval, according to the first tabulation. It hit the 1,550-vote threshold required by state rules. This number is 40 percent of the total voter turnout from the previous election.

The other bond, Proposition No. 1, is poised to pass. The bond, which would finance the purchase of the Encounter Ministries building to be used as a new city hall and recreation building, surpassed the voter turnout requirement and sits with 65 percent of voters supporting. While it has 1,560 votes in favor, the bond could fail if all 300 estimated remaining votes are from Pullman residents voting against. This would cause the bond to fail by 1 percent. Less than 40 more approval votes are needed to ensure passage of Proposition No. 1.

Both bonds received over 2,300 votes, while the Whitman County elections page lists voter turnout at a little over 27 percent.

The election is set to be certified Feb. 23. For Whitman County and statewide election results, visit the Washington State Elections & Voting website.