Brinnon measure fails as 2 measures in Clallam County are approved

A Brinnon request for a tax levy to fund a parks and recreation district failed, while two measures on the Clallam County ballot received overwhelming approval from voters in the general election.

Brinnon-area residents defeated a proposal for a six-year property tax levy to publicly fund the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation District 2 for the first time since voters created it in 2012.

After a second count of ballots Wednesday, 390, or 55 percent, voted against the proposal while 323, or 45.3 percent, favored it.

The measure required a 60 percent supermajority for passage.

The proposed levy of 5 cents for every $1,000 of valuation would have cost the owner of a $200,000 home $10 a year from 2017-22 and generate an estimated $13,000 annually toward the $15,000 needed to fund district operations, said parks board Chairwoman Nichole Brakeman.

Voter turnout

Voter turnout in the Brinnon Park and Recreation District as of Wednesday was 80.3 percent, with 797 ballots received out of 992 provided registered voters.

Sequim residents voted by more than 70 percent to recommend to the Sequim City Council that the discharge of consumer fireworks be banned within city limits.

The first count of advisory votes Tuesday showed 2,088 ballots, or 71.4 percent, in favor of such a ban, while 838, or 28.6 percent, voted against it.

The city council has said it will honor the results of the advisory vote.

Voters from Neah Bay to the west end of Lake Crescent favored increasing the number of Forks Community Hospital board members from three to five.

The first count of ballots Tuesday showed 1,134, or 69.9 percent, voting in favor of the change, while 488, or 30 percent, voted against it.

Two proposed amendments to the Clallam County charter were approved.

Clallam measures

A measure to streamline the appeal process for a county employee who has been suspended or dismissed was approved by 17,902 votes, or 76.9 percent, on Wednesday, while 5,372 votes, or 23 percent, rejected it.

A housekeeping measure to update charter language concerning vacancies in public offices to conform to state law was approved by 19,117 votes, or 83.8 percent, with 3,705, or 16.2 percent, rejecting it.

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