(Secretary of State) The results are in for the two special election propositions regarding the Ellensburg School District’s technology levies. Proposition 1, which proposed a tax raise for the replacement of expiring educational programs, maintenance, and operation, passed through the voters by a 62% to 38% vote. Proposition 2, which proposed a tax raise for instructional technology improvements, passed through the voters passed it by a 58% to 42% vote.
(KVHealth.org) On February 9th, voters of Kittitas County Public Hospital District No.2 approved a permanent property tax levy for emergency medical services (EMS). The levy will take effect on January 1st, 2017 and will replace the current EMS levy that expires on December 31st, 2016. Both levy rates are 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The EMS levy supports the operation of Upper Kittitas County Medic One ambulance services, including staff, ambulances, supplies, and facilities in upper Kittitas County. User fees pay for less than half of the cost to operate the ambulance service, while the rest is covered by the EMS levy.
(CNN) After finishing in sixth on Tuesday night in New Hampshire with just 7% of the votes, Governor Chris Christie is expected to suspend his campaign for president on Wednesday. With such low finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, Christie did not qualify for Saturday’s CBS debate. The criteria required to qualify for the debate included that the candidate finish in the top three in Iowa or top five in New Hampshire, and the final qualification requires a candidate to place in the top 5 spots in an average of national and South Carolina polls, the latter of which is the next primary coming up.
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