North Whidbey fire and pool levy requests failing in primary election

It appears that North Whidbey voters failed to pass two levy requests in the primary election Tuesday.

Both measures, however, will reappear on the November ballot.

As of the first count, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue’s request for a levy lift is failing, with 1,413 or 39 percent of votes for it and 2,251 votes or 61 percent against it. 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; the entire levy would have totaled $1.11 annually for every $1,000 of assessed value.

North Whidbey Park and Recreation District’s request for a renewal of its maintenance-and-operations levy is also failing, with 2,801 votes or 48 percent in favor and 3,030 votes or 52 percent against it. The levy collects 17 cents per $1,000 of assessed value; that’s $34 a year for the owner of a $200,000 home.

Four candidates for a seat on the North Whidbey Fire and Rescue board were whittled down to two by voters. T.J. Lamont earned the most votes at 935 or 37 percent. Gerald Smith came in second with 673 votes, which is 27 percent.

Larry Wall received 485 votes and Bruce Carman got 439.

The governing boards for both the fire department and the park and rec district already voted to place the levy requests on the November ballot if they didn’t pass in the primary.

Island County Elections Office experienced technical difficulties and posted results about an hour later than normal.