City will request recount of ballots as bond was only five votes away from passing

If a recounts doesn't turn up a two-thirds majority, space will remain limited for Fruitland police officers and staff to work, interview witnesses or store evidence. As seen in this photo, visitors at the Fruitland Police Department have to pass through a private door in order to get to the bathrooms.

FRUITLAND — With the City of Fruitland’s bond attempt falling short by only five votes, a recount is in the future.

Unofficial results for the Nov. 5 election show that Fruitland’s Ordinance No. 657 did not pass. With 267 votes against the bond, and 520 for it, there were not enough ‘yes’ votes to reach the 66.67% required for a two-thirds majority.

Because the difference is so small, Fruitland City Administrator Rick Watkins stated that the City Council plans to authorize a request for a recount at its Nov. 11 meeting.

A breakdown of the registered voters in Fruitland versus those who turned out to drop ballots was unavailable at press time.

However, Watkins reiterated that “every vote counts,” in a phone interview this morning.

The ordinance would have provided $2.6 million 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.

The ordinance would have cost homeowners and businesses approximately $48 per $100,000 assessed property value each year.

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