Initial Primary Election Results Released
The Alameda County Registrar of Voter’s Office released its latest update of the March 3 Presidential Primary Election results on March 4. The Registrar and the Secretary of State's offices have received all 100 percent of the votes cast, but the final tally of votes is still to be determined.
Alameda City Measure A
Measure A, the special parcel tax backed by Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), has 63.13 percent of the total “yes” votes. However, the measure needs two-thirds majority “yes” to be enacted. So far 6,583 people voted “yes” for new property tax, while 3,845 (36.87 percent) voted “no.”
The measure aims to use the new revenue to “attract, recruit and retain teachers and school employees,” If the tax is approved property owners will pay 26.5 cents per building square foot — capped at $7,999. Vacant parcels will be taxed a flat rate of $299. Exemptions may be granted to parcel owners who are older than 65 or receive certain social security benefits.
Teachers will receive an additional 1 percent raise retroactive to January 2020 and an 8 percent increase for 2020-21. The new tax is expected to generate $10.5 million in new annual revenue for AUSD. The tax would expire by June 2027.
Alameda County Measure C
Measure C, the Alameda County Cares for Kids Act, appears to be on its way to being enacted. Currently, 95,335 voters (61.15 percent) voted “yes” on the measure, while 60,568 (38.85 percent) voted “no”. The measure needs just a simple majority “yes” vote to pass.
The measure intends to create a new half-cent sales tax on transactions for child welfare. Twenty percent of the additional tax revenue will go toward the Pediatric Health Care (PHC) account, while 80 percent will go toward the Child Care, Preschool, and Early Education (CPE) account.
California Proposition 13
California Proposition 13 is currently heading toward a failed result. According to EdSource, 3,043,967 (55.4 percent) of Californians voted “no”, while 2,448,392 (44.6 percent) voted “yes,” as of March 6. The proposition needs a majority “yes” vote to be enacted.
According to the registrar’s office, Alameda County voters felt different about the proposition compared to the rest of the state. Currently, 93,839 (59.91 percent) people in the county voted “yes,” while 62,801 (40.09 percent) residents voted “no.”
California Prop. 13 is designed to generate $15 billion in general obligation bonds for school and college facility upgrades such as retrofitting and asbestos cleaning.