Vote-by-mail ballots show majority in favor of Measure C |

Vote-by-mail ballots show majority in favor of Measure C

Initial results in South Lake Tahoe’s special election show a majority in favor of Measure C, a ½-percent sales tax increase with funds going toward the repair and rehabilitation of roads.

Vote-by-mail ballots received as of yesterday were tallied and released just after the polls closed at 8 p.m. tonight by El Dorado County Elections Department. There were 1,830 mail-in ballots counted, and of those, 1,014 (55.53 percent) voted in favor of Measure C and 812 (44.47 percent) voted against it.

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

The mail-in-ballots counted thus far account for 18.5 percent of the total number of registered voters: 9,889.

However, according to officials at the El Dorado County Elections Department, voter turnout at the polls is roughly estimated at around 500. The ballots cast at the three polling stations in South Lake Tahoe are en route to Placerville to be counted. Unofficial results are expected to be released around 10:30 p.m.

Measure C was the only item on the ballot in today’s special election in South Lake Tahoe. 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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