With a comfortable margin, voters in the Mountain View Whisman School District approved the Measure B parcel tax measure on Tuesday, preventing budget cuts and preserving school programs that relied on support from local tax money.
As of Wednesday morning, 6,529 people (71.2 percent) voted in favor of the Measure B, compared to 2,635 (28.8 percent) who voted against the measure, according to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters website. The measure requires a two-thirds vote to pass, and the vote count reflects 79 percent of the ballots that the Registrar of Voters received from district voters.
"We are excited about the initial results and are humbled by the overwhelming support of the community," Superintendent Ayinde Rudolph in a statement Wednesday. "On behalf of the district, I want to express my gratitude to the many volunteers, the parcel tax campaign committee and the board of trustees."
Cleave Frink, who co-chaired the Measure B campaign, said he and the campaign organizers are "elated" that the community chose to continue supporting public schools, and that parents, teachers and administrators fought tirelessly to get the word out and pass the parcel tax. He said local businesses and organizations also pitched in generous donations to help fuel the campaign.
Measure B imposes a $191 per-parcel tax on property owners in the district and effectively replaces the 2008 Measure C parcel tax, which expires at the end of June. The new measure will generate about $2.8 million each year, and takes effect on July 1, 2017.
The measure received strong support from several southern Mountain View communities, including the Gemello and Cuesta Park neighborhoods, which gave close to a three-to-one vote in favor of the measure, according to precinct data from the county. Voters in the Old Mountain View neighborhood also showed overwhelming support for the measure, with 77 percent of the residents voting "Yes" on the measure.
More tepid support for Measure B came from the Rex Manor, Willowgate and Sylvan Park neighborhoods, which teetered right on the two-thirds margin.
Another update to the vote tally is set to be posted at 5 p.m. Wednesday.