LYNDEN - Lynden School District's $46 million bond lost ground and appeared defeated as updated ballot counts were released Wednesday, Feb. 12, by the Whatcom County Auditor's Office.
Though nearly 57 percent of voters were in favor of the bond Wednesday - down slightly from the first count Tuesday - the bond needed 60 percent approval to pass.
As of Wednesday, 5,922 votes had been counted.
The bond money -along with $16 million in state matching funds - would have paid to rebuild Fisher Elementary School at its current location and rebuild Lynden Middle School on district property on Line Road.
It would have increased property taxes for a home assessed at $250,000 by about $440 per year. Lynden School District retired its last capital bonds in 2010, so residents currently pay no taxes for school bonds.
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