A statewide referendum authorizing bonds for school energy retrofits was defeated.
Nearly 57 percent of voters were rejecting Referendum 52 with 1.37 million votes counted Tuesday. About 2.4 million votes were expected.
The measure had support in King and Jefferson counties but was losing in most other Washington counties.
Supporters of Referendum 52 say the money was needed to pay for newer pipes, better insulation and other energy upgrades at public schools and colleges across the state.
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The measure would have authorized $505 million in bonds to be paid back by extending the temporary sales tax on bottled water set to expire 2013.
Opponents said it would have saddled the state with too much debt and wouldn’t create the number of jobs promised.