Measure E: Dublin school parcel tax renewal leading after Election Night

Next major results update expected from county on Friday afternoon

The Dublin Unified School District's Measure E parcel tax renewal was leading after Election Night, with early returns as of Tuesday night showing 74.43% approval for the ballot measure that requires support from two-thirds of voters.

Measure E, being decided in a mail-only special election with ballots due on Tuesday, asks DUSD residents whether they want to extend the district's existing $96-per-parcel tax for another nine years. The tax raises approximately $1.7 million each year and has been in place since 2008.

Ballots needed to be submitted or postmarked by Tuesday afternoon. Initial election results represent ballots received and processed as of Tuesday night with 22.66% voter turnout so far, but Alameda County election officials expect to receive more mailed ballots and provisional ballots in the next couple days.

Another results update is expected late Friday afternoon, and the final tally could extend into next week.

Supporters of Measure E say the parcel tax helps provide pivotal local funds to support DUSD students and schools and would not raise taxes on property owners, merely extend an existing tax, according to the argument in favor of Measure E included in the voter guide.

No argument against Measure E was filed for the ballot package.

The parcel tax spending would be subject to oversight by a citizens' committee and funds could not go toward administrator salaries. There is also an exemption for Dublin seniors (65 years old or older) who own and occupy their parcel as their primary residence.

The ballot measure was before the voters amid a time of significant transition for DUSD leadership.

The DUSD Board of Trustees and third-year superintendent Leslie Boozer agreed to a surprise mutual separation for undisclosed reasons March 26, at a time when DUSD was already down to only three active school board members after two midterm resignations -- one of which prompted a petition to override an interim appointment for Trustee Area 4 in favor of a special election, now set for June 4.

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