Rec center rejected, no vote increasing on other tax measures

The chorus of “no” is growing louder on several property tax measures on Tuesday’s ballot.

According to the vote tally released by Island County late Wednesday, the gap between victory and defeat is growing for proposals to raise property taxes to pay for capital projects on the South End.

The $8.2 million makeover of the Langley Marina is now falling to defeat, with 68 percent of voters rejecting the Port of South Whidbey’s proposed property tax increase.

A proposal to create a Whidbey Island-based public power company is also failing by a slightly larger margin in the latest vote tally. A total of 67 percent of Whidbey Island voters are rejecting the proposal.

The November ballot appears to have been poison for proposed property tax increases.

South Whidbey is voting down a proposed $15.2 million aquatics and recreation center. The South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District had hoped to build the center at Community Park.

Approximately 62 percent of voters were voting no on the proposal in the latest vote count, with 5,384 “no” votes and 3,208 “yes.”

A Port of Coupeville proposal to increase its property tax levy to help pay off Greenbank Farm is suffering the biggest defeat. Approximately 71 percent of voters were saying no to the increase; which was falling 3,781 to 1,505 in Wednesday’s tally.

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