Alameda County voters decided by a 64.8 percent to 35.1 percent margin Tuesday that residents in unincorporated areas will continue to pay a utility tax that raises millions of dollars a year for the county.
Although residents throughout the county voted on Measure F, only users in the county's unincorporated areas--including property owners in unincoporated Castlewood, Happy Valley and the Remen tract at Vineyard and Bernal avenues--pay the utility tax of 5.5 percent on electricity, natural gas and wire and cell telephones. The tax currently raises about $9.4 million a year.
Measure F will extend the tax and increase the levy to 6.5 percent, which is expected to bring in an additional $1.5 million to $2.5 million annually.
Proponents said that if Measure F had failed, it could have reduced law enforcement, library and community services in these unincorporated areas, including Castro Valley and Sunol.
The measure only needed a simple majority for approval.
County board races
Three seats on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors were on the ballot, but only one was contested.
In District 4, incumbent Nate Miley, who has been on the board for eight years and previously served on the Oakland City Council, defeated
small-business owner Steve White, who has never held political office, by a margin of 74.3 percent to 25.1 percent.
District 1 Supervisor Scott Haggerty, who represents Pleasanton and has been on the board since 1997, and District 5 Supervisor Keith Carson, who has been on the board since 1992, were re-elected without opposition.