Measure A backers optimistic unnofficial tally will hold up; more votes still being counted
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Measure A supporters are cautiously optimistic after Tuesday night’s unofficial 1 percent voter victory, but with hundreds of ballots still being counted in Nevada and Placer counties, hopes could be short-lived.
An election spokeswoman from Nevada County said there are still roughly 600 ballots to count for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District parcel tax that would be renewed and increased from $98 per year to $135 per year for the next seven years, starting in 2012.
The spokeswoman said the county anticipates a final tally to come by Friday; a spokeswoman for Placer County said a final tally could come sometime within two weeks; the total amount of votes still to be counted is unknown.
While supporters are holding their breath and anti-Measure A voters likely hoping for a last-minute comeback, school district officials have been crunching numbers. Based on voting trends Tuesday night, TTUSD Superintendent Steve Jennings said Wednesday he anticipates a victory.
and#8220;There would have to be a very significant change in the voting pattern for it not to be a victory for us,and#8221; Jennings said.
Assuming the measure passes, Jennings said it will go into effect for the 2012-13 school year, but with its spending more transparent and easily accessible to the public.
and#8220;One of the interesting things that came out of the campaign was accountability,and#8221; Jennings said. and#8220;One of the things we will be doing is making sure the accountability is more available to the public.and#8221;
Jennings said one way to accomplish this will be to publish Measure A’s total funding online, as well where it is spent.
In the event the measure doesn’t pass, Jennings said the idea of petitioning Placer, Nevada and El Dorado counties for a recount has not been discussed, nor will it be dismissed.
and#8220;We haven’t considered it at this point,and#8221; Jennings said. and#8220;We’ll take a look at what the situation is, how many votes it will be either way.and#8221;
TTUSD school board Trustee Kim Szczurek, who’s taking a short vacation in Arizona, said she couldn’t sleep all night while voting was taking place.
and#8220;I literally didn’t sleep all night and was wondering how we we’re going to deal with that if the measure failed,and#8221; Szczurek said.
Like Jennings, she said she anticipates the measure will pass.
and#8220;I’m so relieved and happy and ready to move forward,and#8221; Szczurek said.
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