A Yakima County ballot drop box at the Yakima County Auditor’s Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Yakima, Wash.

Yakima School District levy proposals remained close Wednesday as more ballots were counted in Tuesday’s special election.

Yakima’s four-year levy for school operations gained a slight margin, with 50.92% approval, compared to 50.59% in the initial count Tuesday.

The measure would bring in $14.7 million in local funds in its first year. If approved, state matching funds would bring the total to more than $30 million.

A second proposal for a four-year capital improvements levy in Yakima schools was failing Wednesday, with 48.77% voter approval.

Renewal operations levies in Sunnyside, Naches Valley, Zillah and Mabton were still comfortably above the approval threshold after additional ballot counts. Naches Valley’s 57.82% approval included all results, according to the unofficial tally.

All six school measures require a 50% plus one vote approval to pass.

Naches voters also appear to have approved a levy by the Naches Park and Recreation District to fund operations, maintenance, equipment and activities at Applewood Park and the Naches Swimming Pool. The approval rate had grown nearly a percent, up to 68.68% Wednesday — well above the 60% approval threshold for that measure.

A proposal to increase property taxes in the city of Yakima is still failing, with 62% no votes. The proposed city levy lid lift would have brought in an additional $3 million in 2021 to cover operating costs related to public safety, street repairs and facility maintenance.

Turnout was 28% as of Wednesday. More ballots are expected by mail and from drop boxes throughout the county, with another count planned Thursday afternoon.

The election will be certified on Feb. 21.

Reach Janelle Retka at jretka@yakimaherald.com or on Twitter: @janelleretka