Measure A is Approved After Final Results Tally
The Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office released the final update of the March 3 Presidential Primary Election results on Tuesday, March 24. The Registrar and the California Secretary of State’s offices have received 100 percent of the votes cast. The Alameda County Registrar Tim Dupuis made it official by signing the certicificate of each county race and sent the final numbers to the California Secretary of State’s office. The state will certify all statewide results on April 3.
Alameda City Measure A
The biggest change in the March 24 update were the results of Measure A, the special parcel tax backed by Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). In the March 9 update, Measure A was .21 percent shy of the two-thirds majority “yes” votes needed to be approved. However, the final tally for Measure A saw 67.1 percent of votes in favor of the new parcel tax. This means the measure has passed. In all, 19,554 voted “yes” while 9,588 people voted “no.”
It appeared the measure was going to fail after intial results. In the March 4 update, “yes” votes accounted for 63.13 percent of the votes, while “no” votes accounted for 33.54 percent.
Property owners will now have to pay 26.5 cents per building square foot — capped at $7,999. Vacant parcels will be taxed a flat rate of $299. The measure will use the new revenue to “attract, recruit and retain teachers and school employees.” 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 will expire by June 2027.
Alameda County Measure C
Measure C, the Alameda County Cares for Kids Act, is also approved after the final election results. The measure passed with 64.35 percent approval votee; 35.65 percent voted against the measure. In all, 287,027 people voted “yes”, while 159,046 voted “no” for the measure. The measure needed a simple majority to be approved.
In the March 9 update, 63.22 percent, or 245,863 people, were in favor, while 36.78 percent, or 143,047 voters, were opposed to the measure.
The measure will create a new half-cent sales tax on transactions for child welfare. Twenty percent of the new 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
The percent of “no” votes tallied for California Proposition 13, the public education facilities construction bond, was reduced in the latest update from the Secretary of State’s office.
The Monday, March 23 update shows that “no” votes accounted for 53.2 percent of all votes tallied, while “yes” votes accounted for 46.8 percent.
The Yes on Prop 13 campaign already conceded its defeat in a tweet on March 11.
“Based on current vote totals, it appears Proposition 13 will fall short of the required 50% threshold,” wrote Yes on Prop 13 campaign manager Jim DeBoo. “Nevertheless, safe and adequate facilities for California’s schoolchildren remain an urgent priority, and we recommit ourselves to meeting that challenge.”
As of March 23, 4,769,767 people voted against the proposition, while 4,195,100 voted in favor of the measure.
The Secretary of State’s office will certify the Proposition 13 results after receiving all the certified county results.
According to the registrar’s office, 63.52 percent of Alameda County voters are in favor, while 36.48 percent are opposed to the proposition.
California Prop. 13 would generate $15 billion in general obligation bonds for school and college facility upgrades.