Vote Tally as of March 10
The Alameda County Registrar of Voter’s Office released another update of the March 3 Presidential Primary Election results on Monday, March 9. The Registrar and the Secretary of State’s offices have received 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), is .21 percent shy of being approved. Currently, 66.46 percent of voters voted “yes” for the new tax. However, the measure needs two-thirds majority (66.66 percent) “yes” votes to be enacted. So far 17,558 people voted “yes,” while 8,859 voted “no.” In the March 4 update, “yes” votes accounted for 63.13 percent, or 6,583 people, of the total tally, while “no” votes accounted for 36.87 percent, or 3,845 people.
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 a guarantee it will be approved by the voters. Currently, 245,863 voters, or 63.22 percent, approved the measure, while 143,047 voters disapprove. 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 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
It appears California Proposition 13, the education facilities construction bond, will be struck down by the voters. According to EdSource’s March 10 update, 3,822,718 Californians voted against the proposition, while 3,250,570 Californians voted in favor. This calculates to a 54-46 percent split favoring “no” votes. The proposition needs a simple 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, 244,623 people, or 62.38 percent, in the county voted “yes,” while 145,623 people, or 37.32 percent, voted “no.”
California Prop. 13 would generate $15 billion in general obligation bonds for school and college facility upgrades.