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South coast voters approve parcel tax

Elections officials verify results in recount

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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:12 pm

Voters in the La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District last week narrowly approved a new parcel tax that essentially extends the current level of taxation for seven more years. The measure required a two-thirds majority and passed on May 7 with 67.4 percent of the vote — a margin of about 10 votes.

The levy assesses a $100 per parcel tax on district residents to fund several programs and services within the school district. A similar tax passed in 2002, although with a wider margin. At that time, voters approved it with more than 72 percent of the vote.

Before the most recent vote, proponents were promising to spend the money well and saying they had been good stewards of past tax dollars.

“Not one thing was wasted. Not one penny,” said school board member Peter Bohacek. “If you love our kids, you’ve got to be on their side.”

The count was the result of mail-in only balloting. The special election covering the rural South Coast district had a turnout of about 650 voters.

Seniors over the age of 65 and those who own contiguous pieces of property can file for exemptions.

Last week, San Mateo County Elections Officials conducted a manual recount of about 23 percent of the votes. The recount matched with the electronic vote count exactly, and the election should be certified later this week, wrote Chief Elections Officer Mark Church in an email.

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