This is a case where it pays to double-check your work — specifically, it pays $200,000.
The Elma Police Department levy was mistakenly left off of Grays Harbor County ballots for the Aug. 1 primary. The ballots were mailed earlier this month.
This week the county sent out a second batch to Elma voters only that includes the levy. (These ones have salmon-colored envelopes. I repeat, use the salmon-colored envelopes.)
Elma Mayor Jim Sorensen says he is happy with the county auditor’s fix.
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“If you would have called me one week ago I would have been quite upset,” he said.
The Daily World reports the mix-up happened when Elma officials brought their resolution to the county’s recordings department, which didn’t pass it on to the elections department.
In a Facebook post, Elma Police Chief Susan Shultz wrote the levy will allow the department to maintain current staffing levels.
Elma voters have approved a $250,000 levy for the police department for the past two years. Last year it passed with 62 percent of the vote.