Measure A fails with Los Gatos voters
Measure A, a new parcel tax that would have bolstered revenue for Los Gatos’ schools, barely failed to pick up the two-thirds vote needed to pass, according to unofficial election results.
With all precincts reporting Tuesday night, Measure A received 65.63 percent of the vote. An update is expected on Monday.
The Santa Clara Registrar of Voters told the Los Gatos Weekly Times that early voting captures all ballots that were received by May 2. This special election had a mail-in only ballots.
Measure A, the Los Gatos Union School District’s parcel tax measure, levies a $290 annual parcel tax against all properties in the district. The tax overlaps the current $290 parcel tax that expires in 2022.
The largest voter turnout was from one of the smallest areas: Precinct 3787 around Overlook Road and Madrone Avenue saw 53 percent of its voters, or 15 out of 28, send in ballots. Precinct 2406, the largest in the district, had only 26 percent voter turnout: Of the 4,305 registered voters who live on College, Central, Escuela and California streets, just 1,150 cast ballots. The Registrar of Voters said there are just under 19,000 registered voters in Los Gatos.
On average, precincts reported 30 to 45 percent voter turnout.
The school district operates Daves Avenue, Van Meter, Blossom Hill and Lexington elementary schools and Fisher Middle School, and enrolled 3,271 students at the start of the 2016-17 school year.
The campaign for Measure A was co-chaired by residents Kim Simon and Janette Canare.