SOUTH BEND — Voters in unincorporated Pacific County were rejecting a measure to raise taxes by one-quarter of one percent, on Tuesday evening according to early results released Tuesday evening by the Pacific County Auditor’s office. More voters wanted to keep their dollars in their pockets with 2,041 to 1,136 votes. That’s 64.2 percent versus 35.8 percent.
It is not an increase of annual property taxes. The 0.25 percent hike would affect real-estate sales in the county’s unincorporated areas.
The amount the seller, or in some cases the buyer, would pay depends on the value of the real estate. If approved, the tax would increase by about $500 on property sold for $200,000.
The money would help pay for building construction, repairs and maintenance.
A sales-tax hike in Long Beach was passing with 177 to 140 votes, according to preliminary results. That’s 55.8 to 44.2 percent approved of a sales-tax increase of up to two-tenths of 1 percent to help the city pay for road improvements and transportation projects.
The 0.2 percent sales-tax hike, roughly 2 cents for a $10 purchase, would bring in about $100,000 annually for the next 10 years.
The North Pacific Emergency Medical Service District 1 tax levy was with 1,325 to 550 votes passing Tuesday evening, early results show. That’s about 70.7 to 29.3 percent.
The district voters to approve a tax levy of 60 cents per $1,000 assessed property value. It would take effect in 2018, after the current levy expires. The district could then collect up to $460,000 from property owners in the county, except those in the Ocean Beach, Ocosta or North River school districts.