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Lonesome Langley supports Prop. 1 in county vote

By BRIAN KELLY

South Whidbey Record

Langley, alone, thought it was a good idea.

Proposition 1, the ballot measure that would raise property taxes to plug a multi-million-dollar budget hole in Island County, was resoundingly rejected by voters across Whidbey and Camano islands in the Aug. 17 primary.

The tax increase went down in greater-than-landslide proportions, with more than 71 percent of voters opposing Prop. 1.

According to a review of precinct returns, Prop. 1 received a majority “yes” vote in only two of the county’s 83 precincts: Langley 1 and Langley 2.

Everywhere on South Whidbey, voters shot down the tax hike. Central Whidbey voters also rejected the measure in each of the area’s 11 precincts, but none reached the 70-percent level of overall voter disapproval.

Elsewhere in Island County, opposition to the measure to raise the county levy for the general fund was extraordinary.

Voters in all nine North Whidbey precincts rejected the measure at a rate higher than the countywide average of 71 percent no. The greatest opposition came in the precinct of Fort Nugent where voters gave the measure a “no” vote of 87 percent.

The disapproval rate was higher than 71 percent in 17 of the 25 Oak Harbor-area precincts, and in 16 of 18 Camano Island precincts, the “no” vote surpassed 71 percent.

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