Voters in East County looked kindly on three propositions on Feb. 14 special election ballots.
Propositions for the Montesano Fire Department, Grays Harbor County Fire District 10, and Mason County Fire District 12 all were passing as of an initial ballot count on Feb. 14.
The City of Montesano Proposition No. 1 for a levy for fire safety and emergency services was passing with more than 58 percent approval (509 “yes” votes). On election night, 867 votes were tallied.
Over the next 10 years, that levy could generate as much as $2.4 million for the Montesano Fire Department, Fire Chief Corey Rux said.
Grays Harbor County Fire District 10, servicing the Wishkah, had a proposition for emergency medical services. That proposition had received more than 67 percent approval (138 votes). On election night, 205 votes were tallied.
Mason County Fire District 12’s property tax levy lid lift was passing overall and in Grays Harbor County. The fire district has a station in rural Elma. A limited pool, 28 voters in Grays Harbor County had weighed in on the proposition, with 18 votes — a little more than 64 percent — voting in favor of the levy lid lift. Overall, the proposition was passing with more than 66 percent approval. Total, 269 votes were cast on the proposition.
The next ballot count is expected on Feb. 17. All results are preliminary until the election is certified on Feb. 24.