MEASURE H APPEARS TO PASS
Measure H, the temporary parcel tax measure to fund Alameda’s schools, appears to have passed, newly released numbers from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters show. With an additional 540 votes from Alameda counted today, the measure has 66.87 percent, or 11,397 votes for, to 33.13 percent, or 5,646 votes against.
Elections workers counted all but “a small number” of some 6,500 provisional ballots left to be counted today, registrar’s spokesman Guy Ashley said; in a statement, Registrar Dave Macdonald said he doesn’t believe many, if any, of the remaining votes are from Alameda. Macdonald said the results are still unofficial, however; they’ll be certified sometime at the end of June.
The measure was trailing by less than a percentage point after the initial results were tallied, early June 4; it crept closer to passage as additional absentee walk-in and provisional ballots were counted. The measure will add $120 a year to homeowners’ tax bills for each of the four years it remains in effect; commercial property tax owners will pay up to $9,500 a year. The measure is expected to raise $4.5 million a year for Alameda schools.
The Yes on H campaign is declaring victory this evening. Says treasurer Ron Mooney:
“Alameda’s approval of this measure to protect our students from the State budget crisis is extremely gratifying. While this was a very close vote and a few ballots remain to be counted, the vast majority of Alameda voters have demonstrated their commitment to support our students and keep our distinguished schools. We are particularly grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who worked so hard to explain the issues to voters and continue to fight to keep our schools excellent.”