Atherton voters have approved an advisory measure asking whether the town should spend more public money to build a new civic center.
In the final election night count, 61.1 percent of voters favored the measure. A simple majority (at least 50 percent of voters plus one) is required for passage.
With 1,808 votes counted (36.9 percent of registered voters), a total of 1,103 supported the measure and 701 opposed it.
While not all votes are counted, the final tally is not expected to change the result. Ballots postmarked by June 6 and received by June 9 will be counted.
The ballot question was: "Should the Town of Atherton supplement private donations with available non-dedicated General Funds to meet the funding shortfall, where one exists, for construction of the new Town Center?"
Atherton's council put the question to voters because a 2012 ballot measure, approved by more than 70 percent of voters, said the design and construction of a new town center should primarily be paid for with private donations. Exceptions were for the library, which has its own library-only tax funds, and for money set aside for new building and planning offices.
So far, the town has not been able to raise enough private funds. At the same time, town officials estimate a robust economy means they have, or expect to have by the time construction would be completed, enough public money to pay the remaining estimated costs to build the civic center based on a design the council approved in February. The town has also considered short-term borrowing if needed.
The measure's opponents argued that the plans for a new civic center were too elaborate and they feared the town would spend money needed for other capital projects.
More vote totals are scheduled to be released by San Mateo County at 4:30 p.m. on three dates: Thursday, June 8; Tuesday, June 13; and Friday, June 16.
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