While the vote counts have changed slightly, a hand recount in a Basehor-Linwood school bond election did not change the outcome.

While the vote counts have changed slightly, a hand recount in a Basehor-Linwood school bond election did not change the outcome.

The initial machine count of votes on election day showed that a $5.5 million proposal for improving athletic facilities was defeated by only a three-vote margin. A hand count of the votes shows the measure failed by nine votes.

The hand count was conducted Thursday morning at the Leavenworth County Courthouse. Following the recount, the vote tally was 2,196 “no” votes and 2,187 “yes” votes, according to Deputy County Clerk Helen Klinkenberg.

The $5.5 million proposal was part of a larger $57.1 million school bond issue for the Basehor-Linwood school district.

The bond issue was broken into two questions on the election ballots.

Voters in the district approved the first question, which proposed two new elementary schools and other facility improvements totaling $51.6 million.

The failed $5.5 million proposal would have paid for a new multipurpose building at Basehor-Linwood High School, tennis courts and improvements to existing athletic facilities.

Mail ballots were used for the bond election. The ballots had to be returned to the County Clerk’s Office by Sept. 6.

Acting as the Board of County Canvassers, Leavenworth County commissioners certified the election results Tuesday.

County Clerk Janet Klasinski did not recommend that the county initiate a recount in the election because she found no manifest errors.

But the hand recount was requested by a member of a committee that had supported passage of the bond issue. And the committee put up the $1,200 that was required for the recount, according to Basehor-Linwood Superintendent David Howard.

Howard said school district officials will put together a long-term capital outlay plan in order to carry out at least some of the athletic facility improvements that had been proposed in the bond issue.

“We’d like to work on that over the next five years or so,” he said.

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