Richland, Pasco school ballots due by Tuesday

BY THE TRI-CITY HERALDFebruary 9, 2013 

Voters in the Richland and Pasco school districts only have a few more days to get their votes in on their district's multimillion-dollar bond proposals.

As of Friday, 28 percent -- or 11,285 ballots -- had been returned in Benton County.

The Franklin County Auditor's Office had more than 32 percent turnout, or 8,667 ballots returned.

"If you still have your ballot it's not too late to vote it, sign it, and send it," Franklin County Auditor Matt Beaton said in a news release.

Pasco is seeking $46.8 million from its taxpayers to build two new elementary schools and an early learning center. The money also would relocate New Horizons High School.

Richland wants $98 million to build a new middle school and new elementary school, rebuild three elementary schools, replace the heating and cooling system at Chief Joseph Middle School, make improvements at Fran Rish Stadium, replace a wing at Jefferson Elementary School and find a permanent home for the Three Rivers Homelink alternative school.

All ballots must be in the auditor's office or official dropbox by 8 p.m. Tuesday or postmarked no later than Tuesday.

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