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Civic Center bond issue fails 541 to 538

Civic Center bond by Jeff Switzer
WOODINVILLE--The King County Records and Elections Division delivered the final word last week: The city's first bond issue went down to defeat, failing to get the necessary 60 percent for passage.
   Approval of the $7.5 million in general obligation bonds would have developed a community civic center at the old Woodinville school site, current location of City Hall. The issue would have raised property taxes $0.62 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
   Of the 1,079 ballots cast, 645 were voted by absentees, with the final tally at 541 yes votes, 538 no votes. The absentees included 281 yes votes and 358 no votes.
   While the community may support the vision of a civic center at that location, the bottom line is they rejected the tax increase, which was about $124 each year for 20 years on a $200,000 home.
   Supporters have indicated they plan to approach the City Council for a vote in the fall, as well as plan to educate area residents more fully on how a civic center benefits everybody in the community.

   The election official in the photo in last week's paper was incorrectly identified. She is Greta Winter.