Elections page 08-17

The elections page on the Grant County Auditor’s Office website shows that the hospital levy has nearly doubled the amount of “yes” votes to “no” votes.

Two weeks after the election, the Quincy Valley Medical Center(QVMC) levy has come down to the wire.

With preliminary numbers showing that it sits above the 60 percent threshold needed to pass, it all comes down to whether enough voters cast their ballots to validate the measure.

“We are so happy with the support we have received,” hospital CEO Glenda Bishop said. “However, it will come right down to the wire regarding whether or not enough ballots were cast in this Primary Election to validate the ballot measure.

In other words, we had the percentage required for passing the levy, but voter turnout may have been too low.”

This levy is the smallest operations and maintenance levy request in more than 20 years.

The estimated tax rate is 15.7 cents per $1,000 of valuation, meaning the owner of a $250,000 home would pay $39.25. This levy, if passed, would replace the 2020 levy and would be collected in 2022.

The preliminary results are 65.65 percent “yes” votes as of Aug. 9. There were 1,633 total votes with 561 of those votes being “no” votes, according to the Grant County elections website. The Levy requires 60 percent “yes” votes to pass. The website states that there are an estimated 150 ballots left to count.

Voter turnout for this levy election reached 27.81 percent of total ballots mailed.

The election will have been certified on Aug. 17, after press time, by the Grant County Auditor’s Office. Look for a story online and in next week’s issue of the Post-Register for the final results.

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