Tie broken as Butte school safety levy passes by three votes | State | #schoolsaftey

BUTTE, Mont. — Last week, NonStop Local reported on a vote for a school safety levy in Butte-Silver Bow that initially resulted in a dead-even tie.

As of Monday afternoon, that tie has officially been broken.

After Monday’s counting of provisional ballots, the tally is now 3,794 votes for the levy, and 3,791 votes against, meaning the levy passes by three votes.

In total, 22 provisional ballots were counted with 12 in favor and nine opposed (as well as one ineligible ballot).

The levy passing means an increase on local property tax in $11.43 increments depending on the property’s value in hundred-thousands, up to $300,000.

The money from those taxes would then go toward security improvements at Butte High School, with the goal of raising $850,000 per year.

However, a margin this slim does mean that a recount is possible.

Supporters of a recount have five days to form a petition with 10 signatures and judge approval. Taxpayer dollars would be used in the recount effort if it were to go through.

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