By a slender margin, Measure E, a new $193 annual parcel tax to benefit local schools, eked out a victory. Needing a two-thirds yes vote, Measure E passed with slightly more than 67 percent of the vote in the May 3 all-mail election.
The finally tally was 9,187 votes in favor to 4,512 votes against, according to the Santa Clara County Elections Office.
Jay Gill, a proponent of the Los Altos School District's Measure E says the tax is needed to address education cuts resulting from federal, state and local budgets being slashed.
About 1,000 students living in Mountain View attend the district's seven elementary and two middle schools -- roughly 25 percent of the entire student body. Homeowners in the district already are paying $597 a year for a parcel tax passed in 2002, and a bond issue assessment of about $600 per year on a home with an assessed value of $1 million.