The Selah Aquatic Center will not be getting any taxpayer support for next swim season.
Certified election results released Tuesday show that the $250,000 maintenance and operations levy for the pool at Wixson Park received 58.93 percent support from voters within the Selah School District boundaries. State law requires at least 60 percent approval for a levy to pass.
It is the third time a levy fell shy of passing. A temporary levy received 55.9 percent support in 2017, while a $305,000 levy failed with 59.15 percent approval last year.
Selah Parks Foundation, which raised $160,000 to open the pool this year, will again seek donations to open the pool next year. Any levy approved next year would go into effect in 2021, said Kelliann Ergeson, chairwoman of the Selah Park and Recreation Service Area.
Ergeson said the numbers show the pool has majority support from the community, and more people will support a levy after having used the completed facility.
Other election results
A tight Wapato City Council Position 4 race has been decided. Margaret Estrada and Doug Milne will move on to the November election, receiving 109 and 80 votes, respectively, while Frank Jaime had 79.
In Granger, Hilda Guzman held on to her first-place lead for Position 5 on the City Council with 77 votes, while Israel Bustamante Luevano, who was initially in third place by one vote, edged out Councilwoman Maria Gonzalez by 11 votes, 71-60.
Turnout countywide was 27.6 percent, according to the Yakima County Auditor’s Office.