Snow removal measures appear to have failed |

Snow removal measures appear to have failed

Susan Wood

Supporters of ballot measures that would at least double the annual snow removal parcel fee to pay for replacing equipment were disappointed by early election returns coming in Tuesday night.

Both require two-thirds vote, but neither one had topped 50 percent in favor by 11 p.m.

Measure R, the city’s version that would raise the $20 parcel fee to $40 plus a 3 percent inflationary adjustment, had only a 47 percent approval with one of 10 precincts reporting at that hour.

South Lake Tahoe City Councilman John Upton said he’s disappointed but not surprised.

“I think the council did the right thing in trying to come forward with a measure that had long-term stability,” he said, adding that he would like to see the measure return in June.

Measure S, the county’s version that would hike the fee from $20 to $50, only had 52.7 percent of the vote with four of 14 precincts reporting as of 11:20 p.m.