The Woodland-area fire district levy passed, and voters in the district sent incumbent Jim Kellar and Dean Boon on to square off in the November general election.

The levy, which District 1 officials said is needed to replace aging equipment, got 64 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary election. It needed only a simple majority.

Chief Eric Dehning said he was grateful for the voters’ support. “Thank you for seeing the need,” Dehning said. “We really, really appreciate it.”

The levy asks to increase the tax rate from 88 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value to $1.50 per $1000. If someone in the region owns a $300,000 home, they will pay an extra $186 per year.

In the race for District 1’s commissioner position, incumbent Jim Kellar took 49 percent of the vote, easily outpolling challengers Boon, who polled 33 percent, and Tiffany Palmer, who tallied 18 percent. Kellar, a commissioner since 1990, will face Boon in the general election.

“I’m real pleased that both our (fire) proposition and Castle Rock’s (library) proposition passed,” Kellar said Tuesday night. “I like that it’s Dean and I that are going. Dean’s a good person, so I’d like to have him running with me.”

“I’m feeling very excited to move onto the next phase,” Boon said. “Whoever voted for me, thank you very much, and good luck to Jim Kellar.”

Palmer could not be reach for comment Tuesday evening.

The Daily News, Longview, Wash.

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