Supporters of the Independent School District north of Billings are celebrating after provisional ballots confirmed a tie-breaking victory for its $92,000 levy.  Yellowstone County election officials counted 36 provisional ballots from across the county shortly after 3 p.m. on Monday.  One of the ballots was for the Independent School District.

The ballot, cast in favor of the levy, broke the 470-470 tie.  If the vote was against the measure, officials would have likely requested a recount.  Residents who voted against the levy may request a recount if they meet the established requirements, including a petition of 10 registered voters in that district.

If the petition qualifies, the school district would need to conduct a recount. reports that Independent officials declined to comment.  Meanwhile, 22,000 ballots have been returned in the special election for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat.

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