North Whidbey fire levy lift, pool levy failing

It appears that a couple of levy proposals on North Whidbey will fail in the first count of ballots Tuesday night.

A total of 2,661 votes, or 54 percent, were in favor of the operations and maintenance levy for the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District, which runs the pool in Oak Harbor. The levy collects 17 cents per $1,000 of assessed value; that’s $34 a year for the owner of a $200,000 home.

Levies, however, that are not school related require a 60 percent supermajority to pass.

Only 1,020 ballots were cast in favor of the proposed levy lift for North Whidbey Fire and Rescue; that’s about 33 percent. A total of 2,100 or 64 percent of votes were against the proposal. The measure is for a 35-cent levy lid lift, which would amount to an extra $70 a year in property taxes for the owner of a house worth $200,000.

Meanwhile, a proposed general obligation bond of just over $7 million for Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue is doing well. A total of 1,542 votes, or 66 percent, were “yes” and 785, or 34 percent, were “no.”

The bond measure doesn’t need a supermajority to pass.

As for the contested candidate races, Christine Crowell has 218 votes, or 56 percent, in the contest for a council seat in the Town of Coupeville. Brett Rebischke-Smith won 172 votes, which is 44 percent.

In an Oak Harbor school board race, John Diamond is ahead of challenger Cory Glach. Diamond has 2,127 votes in his favor, which is about 64 percent. Glach has 1,212 votes, or 36 percent.

The North Whidbey Fire and Rescue board has one contested seat. T.J. Lamont has 1,274 votes, or 54 percent, while Gerald Smith has 1,098 votes, or 46 percent.

The North Whidbey Park and Rec board has a two-way and a three-way race for seats on the board.

Shane Hoffmire is ahead of his two challengers. He won 1,675 votes, or about 50 percent. John Chargualaf has 1,087 votes, or about 33 percent. Mukunda-Krishna Tyson has 572, or 17 percent, of ballots cast in her favor.

In the other race, Patricia Hardin is ahead of Daniel Brown by 1,990 to 1,466 votes, or 58 to 42 percent.

In the contest for a seat on the Cemetery District One board, Heidi Beck has 1,861 votes, or 55 percent, while Bryan Stucky has 1,535 votes, which is 45 percent.

As of the first count, the Island County Auditor’s Office is reporting a turnout of 15,678 or just under 29 percent of eligible voters. An estimated 1,000 ballots are left to count.

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