Blaine residents supported park and recreation levy more than Birch Bay did

Published on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Signs supporting the Northwest Park and Recreation District #2 levy are still a common site around Blaine and Birch Bay, but the most recent ballot numbers show the levy is failing by just less than five percent.

While the park and recreation offices are in Birch Bay, voting precinct data from Whatcom County Auditor Office’s show voters living within the Blaine city limits showed greater support for the levy than did voters living in Birch Bay.

In the Blaine precincts, 58.3 percent of voters approved the levy while 41.7 percent rejected it. In the Birch Bay precincts, 54.3 percent approved the levy while 45.7 percent rejected it.

Click here to see a collection of PDF maps showing the voting precincts in the Blaine and Birch Bay areas. Birch Bay proper is made up of precincts 102, 103,104 and 109 while the Blaine city limits comprise precincts 301-303. Here's a breakdown by individual precinct:

 Precinct Percentage
Yes No
 Total  55.6 44.4
 102 56
 103 54.5
 104  41.3  58.7
 109  54.3  45.7
 301  56.1  43.9
 302  59.2  40.1
 303  59.5  40.5

Here's a breakdown by community:

 Community Percentage
 Blaine  58.3  41.7
 Birch Bay
 54.3  45.7

Parks and recreation levies need 60 percent of the vote or more to pass. The levy proposes to raise $350,000 for the Northwest Park and Recreation District over the next six years by charging 10 cents per $1,000 of a property's assessed value; or about $20 per year for a home valued at $200,000. A similar levy failed last year by a few hundred votes.

Click here for the raw data from the county auditor's website.

Look for a longer story on the levy with input from at least one parks commissioner in next week’s issue of The Northern Light.


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