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Menlo Park school district's parcel tax is headed for approval

Updated vote count shows $4.6M Measure B with a comfortable lead

by By Angela Swartz

Measure B, a parcel tax measure for the Menlo Park City School District, is getting the votes needed to pass, according to election results released Thursday, Nov. 4.

Some 74.3% of voters said yes to the measure, which requires a two-thirds, or 66.7%, voter majority, county election officials reported Nov. 4. There were 5,990 votes in favor and 2,072 opposed.

The county had just 60 votes left to count in the only two measures on the ballot, Measure B and Woodside's closely divided Measure A race, according to the county's website.

The measure, on the Nov. 2 special election ballot, asks for $598 per parcel annually, a $193 bump from the current rate of about $405. It would raise $4.6 million annually for the district, which serves about 2,700 students in Menlo Park and Atherton.

District officials say they listened to voters who turned down the district's past attempts at a parcel tax, measures A and C, in part, because they were evergreen taxes with no expiration dates. Instead, Measure B would sunset after 12 years, expiring in 2033. It would replace Measure X, a seven-year parcel tax which expires in June 2024. It has been described as a "stopgap" solution and raises $2.83 million annually.

The most recent round of elections results were set to be released after The Almanac's Tuesday afternoon early press deadline. Visit almanacnews.com for the latest election results.

Email Staff Writer Angela Swartz at [email protected]

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