Preliminary results: South Lake Tahoe Measure C falls short of 2/3 vote threshold |

Preliminary results: South Lake Tahoe Measure C falls short of 2/3 vote threshold

Preliminary elections results late Tuesday night show Measure C falling short of the amount of votes needed for the sales tax increase to pass.

With 2,211 votes counted, 54 percent (1,194) voted in favor of Measure C, a ½-percent sales tax increase that would raise money restricted for the repair and rehabilitation of South Lake Tahoe roads.

According to unofficial results from the El Dorado County Elections Department, 1,017 people (46 percent) voted against Measure C. The updated results show little change from initials results reported shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

As a special tax, Measure C requires 66.7 percent in favor in order to pass.

Measure C was the only item on the ballot in today’s special election in South Lake Tahoe. Voter turnout was below 25 percent, according to the unofficial results.

If passed, it would raise the sales tax from 7.75 percent to 8.25 percent. As a special tax, the money would not go into the general fund and future councils could not change where the estimated $2.5 million generated annually would be spent. The measure has a sunset clause of 15 years.

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