A June 7 update to the vote tally showed 930 votes for Measure T, with 790 votes in favor and 140 votes opposed. The measure needed a majority of 50 percent of the voters plus one to pass.
The 4.5 percent rate dates from 2006, when voters approved lowering it from the original setting of 5.5 percent. Had the voters rejected Measure T, the tax would have gone back up to 5.5 percent.
Measure T grants the Town Council the option to reduce the tax rate after July 1, 2020, for a period not to exceed 12 months.
Revenue from a second utility users tax of 2 percent are deposited in the restricted Open Space Fund for open space purchases. The current budget projects revenues of $264,372 from this tax.
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