The Alameda County Registrar’s unofficial tally puts Measure E behind the needed 66.6% super-majority required to pass the new school parcel-tax measure.
The ballot count stands at 65.39% for the measure, representing 13,789 voters.
Those against, 34.61%, representing 7,297 voters, are likely to have defeated the measure.
Stay tuned for the official results, which won’t be available until Wednesday, June 23, after a few remaining ballots at City Hall are tallied.
Given the weak state of many family budgets and businesses these days, the pro-Measure E ballot count is fairly impressive.
However, a slightly less taxing measure, i.e., one that didn’t generally double previous taxation levels, could have garnered those extra 100 or so votes that would have made the difference.
Hopefully, residents and school supporters can take such a lesson to heart.