The Yakima County Auditors Office is preparing for a special election on February 9 in which school districts are seeking replacement and capital levies. Auditor Charles Ross says they're sending out 26, 481 ballots for voters in the Bickleton, East Valley, Granger, Selah and Wahluke School Districts. Ross says he expects a 35% turnout for the election. Each year school districts in the valley ask voters to help fund operations through levies. This year is no different. Even though many schools are in lock down because of the pandemic operations continue at the schools and some students are in classrooms. More schools are expected to gradually open in the coming months if COVID-19 numbers level out. Regardless districts say voters support is vital to teaching students in the future.
Specifically The Bickleton, East Valley, Granger and Selah School Districts are all hoping for passage of 3-year replacement maintenance and operations levies. Voters in the Wahluke School District are being asked to support a 3-year capital levy for health, safety, security and infrastructure improvements.
If you are voting in the election Ross says don't forget to sign your ballot before you drop it in the mail. No postage is needed.

Drop boxes are also located throughout Yakima County. The drop boxes are in Granger, Moxee, Parker, Selah, Sunnyside, Toppenish and the Yakima County Courthouse. There's also a drive-up drop box located across the street from the Yakima County Courthouse on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. If you don't receive your ballot you can contact the Yakima County Auditors office at 574-1340.
Your ballot is due on February 9.