“It is complete.”

Fruitland Clerk Rick Watkins confirms the recount has been completed for the $2.6 million Fruitland City Bond, which was narrowly defeated by voters in November.

The recount was held on Nov. 26, and according Payette County Clerk Betty Dressen, the length of time it took to recount the votes was “probably an hour.”

Initially, Dressen had told the paper a recount would be a “long, involved process.”

Those performing the recount were employees of the Clerk’s Office that were already present, and the task did not require temporary staff to do the recount.

The margin by which the bond was defeated was just five votes. In a follow-up email, Watkins said that after the recount the margin of loss widened from five to eight votes.

The City of Fruitland is now exploring tentative plans to develop another measure that could result in another bond on next election’s ballot. According to City Attorney Stephanie Bonney it is early to be discussing the next steps

for another bond until at least February.

The city was attempting to pass a $2.6 million bond during the Consolidated Election on Nov. 5 to expand the city’s police department, expand parking, improve vehicle traffic flow at the facility, improve the façade of the building and fix the roof.

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