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In early election returns Tuesday night, Cornelius voters were narrowly rejecting a $2.4 million bond measure to build a new library in town.

With all precincts counted, Measure 34-205 was going down to defeat 52.6 percent to 47.4 percent in unofficial results from the Washington County Elections Division Wednesday morning. Turnout hovered just above 30 percent, and while 658 voters said “yes” to the mixed-use library and senior housing construction bond, 730 voted “no.”

Hillsboro-based Bienestar, a nonprofit housing agency, would have partnered with the city of Cornelius in the venture by applying for grant money to build two floors of senior housing on top of a first-floor library in the downtown core.

Cornelius Library Director Karen Hill and City Manager Rob Drake held an election-eve gathering at Forest Grove’s Prime Time Restaurant with supporters of the measure.

“I think this election has pulled our community together,” Hill said Tuesday night.

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