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County transportation tax measure on the edge

 

By the narrowest of margins, preliminary results from the San Mateo County elections office show that voters may reject Measure W, the half-cent sales tax that would collect some $80 million in revenues annually for transportation projects in the county. But with the vote count far from complete, the outcome is anything but certain.

The measure, which requires a two-thirds majority (66.67 percent) to pass, is currently sitting just below that threshold, according to final election night results, which left many votes uncounted, including mail-in ballots submitted on Election Day.

The preliminary results show 58,447 votes (66.18 percent) in favor of the measure and 29,872 votes (33.82 percent) against.

Plans for the tax revenues include addressing congestion on highways and local roads, safety, grade-separation along the Caltrain tracks, bike and pedestrian improvement, regional transit connections, and the public transit agencies that serve the county: SamTrans and Caltrain.

For more on the tax measure, check The Almanac's Voters' Guide.

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Dave Boyce

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