Voters strongly approved Measure J, the proposal to borrow $165 million through bond issues to pay for new facilities in the Sequoia Union High School District, which includes Woodside and Menlo-Atherton High Schools.
With all 211 precincts reporting, the measure passed with a 65.5 percent "yes" vote Tuesday. The count is 31,943 for the measure and 16,827 against. There are ballots still to be counted, including mail-in ballots that arrived Monday and Tuesday, but they are not expected to change the result.
Approval of 55 percent of the voters was required for passage.
The district says the money will be spent to: build a new career technical education center; build a 400-student campus in East Palo Alto; create a 10-year, $10 million fund to regularly upgrade the district's technology assets; and continuing to upgrade the four main campuses, including Woodside and Menlo-Atherton high schools.
The cost to residential and commercial property owners is projected to be about $9.75 per $100,000 of assessed value, which district officials say would raise current bond indebtedness per parcel to about $30 per $100,000 of assessed value.
The school board proposed this measure under rules that permit passage with 55 percent voter approval -- rather than traditional two-thirds for a tax increase. Those rules include citizen oversight of the spending to make sure it complies with projects promised the voters.
This is the fourth bond measure district voters have approved since 1996; the first three raised $203 million and all passed with majorities greater than two-thirds.