Prescott levy may go to recount

A Park and Recreation District measure appeared to be passing Election Day, but fell short.

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PRESCOTT -- Prescott Park and Recreation District supporters have until Tuesday to decide whether to seek a recount, after missing the supermajority 60 percent by as few as two votes.

Although returns Nov. 3 showed the $160,000 one-year maintenance and operation levy comfortably passing by 64 percent, subsequent vote counts narrowed the percentage to 59.2.

The final canvassing of votes and certification of the election Tuesday showed 133 yes votes to 94 no in Walla Walla County and five yes and one no in Columbia County. The District is within the boundaries of the Prescott School District.

Patsy Adams, chairman of the Committee to Keep the Pool and Park Open, said Wednesday the committee hasn't decided what they will do. Adams is also a member of the District board of directors, but directors cannot request a recount, she said.

It will be the directors' decision whether to run a levy again, but the next election is in February, and if it passed, the tax would not be collected until 2011, leaving 2010 unfunded.

Had just two of the no votes been yes, the levy would have passed, Adams said.

"It was very close. We're very disappointed, and were trying to work through the process to make a good decision so we can provide recreation at the pool this summer," Adams said.

The Park and Recreation District supports a swimming pool and adjacent Fieldview Park. During the past season, the district collaborated with the school to offer craft classes and other activities for children along with swimming activities.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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