New Haven Unified Schools parcel tax, Measure B (May 2011)

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A New Haven Unified School District parcel tax, Measure B ballot question was on the May 3, 2011 ballot for voters in the New Haven Unified School District in Alameda County, where it was defeated.[1]

If Measure B had been approved, it would have levied a $180 annual parcel tax for four years.

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.

Measure B represents the first time that voters in the New Haven Unified School District were asked to vote on a parcel tax request.[2]

On November 1, 2011, the board of the New Haven Unified School District voted to place a similar parcel tax request on a special election ballot in May 2012.[3]

Election results

Measure B
Votes Percentage
Yes 7,852 66.44%
No Defeatedd 3,967 33.56%
Official May 18 recount numbers from Alameda County elections office

In the immediate aftermath of the election, supporters of Measure B said they believed that some ballots have not yet been counted, and requested an official recount. Richard Valle, chair of the Measure B group, said that the county registrar's office picked up ballots from the Union City post office at 6:00 p.m. on Election Day rather than at 8:00 p.m. Any ballots that voters dropped off at the Union City post office after 6:00 p.m. and before 8:00 p.m. had therefore not yet been counted, he said.[4]

However, the manual recount, finished on May 18, made it clear that Measure B failed. Only one new "yes" vote was added to the "yes" column as the result of the recount, leaving Measure B still 81 votes short of the number required to win.[5]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure B:To protect local schools from state budget cuts and provide stable local funding that cannot be taken by the state – to preserve quality instructional time for students, maintain educational and after-school activities, and minimize increases in class sizes and reductions to the school year – shall the New Haven Unified School District levy a tax, $180 per parcel for four years, with exemptions for seniors and disabled, citizen oversight, no money for administrators’ salaries and all funds staying local?[6]

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