Measure pulls away late; two other Vernon school proposals pass

A decision on a 15-year bond issue in Pickering School District No. 142 went to the wire Saturday night, with proponents carrying the day.

The margin of passage was 18 votes of the 260 cast.

Voters said yes to a 15-year property tax to finance repayment of a $2.5 million bond issue that will finance improvements to school facilities. A tax of about 11 mills will be levied to retire the bonds.

With 20 of 22 precincts reporting, the proposal led by four votes, 113-109. In the last two boxes counted, yes votes totaled 26, with 12 voters saying no. The final unofficial tally was 139 Yes, 121 No.1

In two other school tax elections, the count was one-sided.

Ward 6 Dist. 61 voters approved, 68 per cent to 32 per cent, a 10-year property tax for school improvements.

In Ward 8 Dist. 151, 88 per cent of those voting said yes to a 10-year District 151 tax, with one precinct outstanding. It is estimated to generate about $32,000 a year.