Tax measures pass in Lynnwood and Fire District 1, fail in Woodway

By Evan Smith

Tax measures on the Nov. 8 general election ballot have passed in Lynnwood and Fire District 1, and failed in Woodway.

Voters in Lynnwood have passed a transportation benefit district sales-and-use tax for transportation improvements by a 56 percent to 44 percent margin in votes counted through Thursday, Nov. 17.

Voters in Snohomish County Fire District 1 have re-authorized a regular property-tax levy by a 62 percent to 38 percent margin. Fire District 1 includes unincorporated areas from Everett to the Snohomish-King county line. The cities of Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Brier get service from Fire District 1 by contract, but those cities are not part of the district. Neither is Lynnwood, whose fire chief now is also chief of Fire District 1.

In Woodway, voters turned down a levy to support police, fire and emergency medical services by a 60 percent to 40 percent margin.

In Lynnwood, City Councilman and Transportation Benefit District Board President Ian Cotton said Wednesday that the levy passed because voters “heard the facts from our Public Works Department that we needed a dedicated source of revenue to help maintain our roads.

“I think they heard that message and largely responded to it. I am excited for even those that opposed the ballot measure get to see what great things our public works department will now be able to do in terms of much needed road maintenance. This will benefit all of us.”

He said that most money would go toward road overlays and maintenance, adding, “There might be some opportunities for other improvements like ADA ramp updates but the core use will be directed to maintaining the roads we’ve already got.”

Fire District 1 Board Chairman Jim McGaughey said that the renewed levy will allow the district to maintain and improve services and to hire more firefighters to help keep response times down as call volumes increase.

In Woodway, Mayor Carla Nichols said residents rejected the town’s levy-rate proposal because they didn’t want property taxes raised. She said that the town council and staff are reviewing the proposed 2017 budget and future budgets to identify areas to reduce.

“I will be proposing that the current level of certain municipal services will be reduced or eliminated,” Nichols said. “We are in the middle of our research to finalize proposals for our council to consider.”

County officials plan to post updated election results Friday afternoon and certify final results Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Local News

Snohomish residents Barbara Bailey, right, and Beth Jarvis sit on a gate atop a levee on Bailey’s property on Monday, May 13, 2024, at Bailey Farm in Snohomish, Washington. Bailey is concerned the expansion of nearby Harvey Field Airport will lead to levee failures during future flood events due to a reduction of space for floodwater to safely go. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Harvey Field seeks to reroute runway in floodplain, faces new pushback

Snohomish farmers and neighbors worry the project will be disruptive and worsen flooding. Ownership advised people to “read the science.”

IAM District 751 machinists join the picket line to support Boeing firefighters during their lockout from the company on Thursday, May 16, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Amid lockout, Boeing, union firefighters return to bargaining table

The firefighters and the planemaker held limited negotiations this week: They plan to meet again Monday, but a lockout continues.

Heavy traffic northbound on 1-5 in Everett, Washington on August 31, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
On I-5 in Everett, traffic nightmare is reminder we’re ‘very vulnerable’

After a police shooting shut down the freeway, commutes turned into all-night affairs. It was just a hint of what could be in a widespread disaster.

Anthony Brock performs at Artisans PNW during the first day of the Fisherman’s Village Music Fest on Thursday, May 16, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
At downtown Everett musical festival: ‘Be weird and dance with us’

In its first night, Fisherman’s Village brought together people who “might not normally be in the same room together” — with big acts still to come.

Two troopers place a photo of slain Washington State Patrol trooper Chris Gadd outside District 7 Headquarters about twelve hours after Gadd was struck and killed on southbound I-5 about a mile from the headquarters on Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Judge reduces bail for driver accused of killing Marysville trooper

After hearing from Raul Benitez Santana’s family, a judge decreased bail to $100,000. A deputy prosecutor said he was “very disappointed.”

Community Transit leaders, from left, Chief Communications Officer Geoff Patrick, Zero-Emissions Program Manager Jay Heim, PIO Monica Spain, Director of Maintenance Mike Swehla and CEO Ric Ilgenfritz stand in front of Community Transit’s hydrogen-powered bus on Monday, May 13, 2024, at the Community Transit Operations Base in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
New hydrogen, electric buses get trial run in Snohomish County

As part of a zero-emission pilot program from Community Transit, the hydrogen bus will be the first in the Puget Sound area.

Two people fight on the side of I-5 neat Marysville. (Photo provided by WSDOT)
Video: Man charged at trooper, shouting ‘Who’s the boss?’ before shooting

The deadly shooting shut down northbound I-5 near Everett for hours. Neither the trooper nor the deceased had been identified as of Friday.

Two people fight on the side of I-5 neat Marysville. (Photo provided by WSDOT)
Road rage, fatal police shooting along I-5 blocks traffic near Everett

An attack on road workers preceded a report of shots fired Thursday, snarling freeway traffic in the region for hours.

The Port of Everett and Everett Marina on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Is Port of Everett’s proposed expansion a ‘stealth tax?’ Judge says no

A Snohomish resident lost a battle in court this week protesting what he believes is a misleading measure from the Port of Everett.

Pablo Garduno and the team at Barbacoa Judith’s churn out pit-roasted lamb tacos by the dozen at the Hidden Gems Weekend Market on Sunday, April 28, 2024, at Boom City in Tulalip, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Eating our way through Tulalip’s Hidden Gems weekend market

Don’t miss the pupusas, pit-roasted lamb tacos, elotes and even produce for your next meal.

Reed Macdonald, magniX CEO. Photo: magniX
Everett-based magniX appoints longtime aerospace exec as new CEO

Reed Macdonald will take the helm at a pivotal time for the company that builds electric motors for airplanes.

A guitarist keeps rhythm during Lovely Color’s set on the opening night of Fisherman’s Village on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at Black Lab in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
No matter what music you’re into, Fisherman’s Village has a hook for you

From folk to psychedelic pop to hip-hop, here’s a quick guide to artists you might want to check out in downtown Everett.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.