Whether it’s higher taxes for improving and expanding water systems or buying new fire equipment and tsunami sirens, Lincoln County taxpayers voted yes Tuesday night. Some margins of of that yes vote were thinner than others, but it appears that all special override issues passed Tuesday evening.
The win margin in the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue District was running around 145 votes out of 2,900 cast, with 99.9% of the votes counted. Their tax override provides for equipment and building maintenance, equipment replacement, four new tsunami warning sirens, and hiring a new fire safety and public education officer. In the Central Coast Fire and Rescue District (Waldport), the margin was very wide, 723 to 277 to pass the tax override. Replacing fire equipment, mainly. Same for Yachats Rural Fire Protection District where the vote was 662 to 146. Again fire equipment the big ticket items.
Two water district tax overrides were passing, running decent margins; the Kernville-Gleneden-LincolnBeach Water District appeared to be on their way to floating a five year local tax override for water system expansion and improvements. The vote margin with 99.9% of the vote counted was 494 yes to 346 no. Down the coast to Seal Rock, their margin appeared to becoming decisive with those supporting system upgrades. The yes vote was running 667 to a no vote of 522. Seal Rock is tied at the hip with their main water wholesaler, the city of Toledo, which has major renovations staring them in the face over the next few years. Seal Rock’s portion of the cost is lower than Toledo’s but it’s still several million dollars.
Lincoln County Clerk Dana Jenkins says the voter turnout appears to be just over 50%.