An $88 annual school parcel tax was approved by Hayward voters in Tuesday’s special election.
The vote-by-mail-only ballot for Measure A received 70 percent support, according to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. A two-thirds majority of the vote was needed for passage.
As of Tuesday night, just 11,634, or, 14.49 percent of Hayward’s 80,315 registered voters cast a ballot, although special elections typically suffer from low turnout.
Proceeds from Measure A will go toward funding various school programs, library services and teacher salaries. An independent oversight committee will be formed and parcel tax revenue cannot be used on administrator’s salaries. The parcel tax includes exemptions for seniors.
It replaces Measure G, a $58 annual parcel tax approved by voters in 2012, and was due to sunset on June 30. Measure A goes into immediate effect on July 1.
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