Community college tax squeaks by


Measure G, the $34 annual parcel tax for the San Mateo County Community College District, appears to have passed with the slimmest of margins in the June 8 elections. Uncounted ballots might still change the outcome.

With a required two-thirds (66.7 percent) voter approval, the measure received 60,113 yes votes or 67.1 percent of the total, according to the latest counts from the county elections office.

No votes were 29,493 or 32.9 percent of the total.

The measure is expected to generate about $6.5 million over four years, and will be used to help restore classes, rehire teachers, and reduce the waiting list of students, which numbers around 14,000, district officials said.

The money would help counter state cuts to the district of $20 million over the current and coming budget years, officials said.

Property owners 65 years old or older can claim an exemption to the tax.

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