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There's an error on the general election ballot that could cost the Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority a lot of money.

The Port authority authorized a ballot issue to create a unified tax rate among the two counties of 16-point-2 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value. But the tax rate that appears on the ballot is point-162 cents per thousand, which is like a 99 percent cut in what the port district would receive.

If the ballot measure is approved, it would drastically reduce what the port receives from both counties to about one percent.

Now, all six board members of the Chelan Douglas Port Authority signed off on the resolution that is on the ballot voters in both counties received.

Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore and Douglas County Auditor Thad Duvall were alerted to the error by an email sent to them by a voter Thursday. What happens after the election is not clear; Duvall speculates that after the election results are posted, it will be up to someone to contest the results because of the language of the ballot. But he says that's a legal issue to be decided outside of the auditor's office.

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