Vote-by-mail tally has Laine, Collin as council front-runners; Measures P, T pulling ahead
UPDATE: A little after 11 p.m. an updated ballot count was released by El Dorado County. The final election results are expected out in the early morning hours of Nov. 9. Stay tuned.
El Dorado County released its vote-by-mail tally, and the results show Jason Collin and Brooke Laine as front-runners in the race for two open seats on South Lake Tahoe’s city council.
Though in-person votes are still being tabulated, the vote-by-mail ballots have Laine coming out on top with 1,253 votes, or 24.26 percent of the vote-by-mail ballots, and Collin with 858 votes, or 16.62 percent.
Tamara Wallace is close behind with 816 votes, or 15.80 percent of the mail-in ballots, followed by incumbent JoAnn Conner with 644 votes, or 12.47 percent.
Ted Long is next in line with 525 early votes, or 10.17 percent.
John Shearer currently has 333 votes in his favor, or 6.45 percent; followed by Danny McLaughlin with 313 early votes, or 6.06 percent; Robert Topel with 141 votes, or 2.73 percent; Trey Riddle with 139 votes, or 2.69 percent; and Patrick Jarrett with 124 votes, or 2.40 percent.
Early mail-in-votes for Measure P — a proposed citywide increase of the transient occupancy tax (TOT) by two percent — indicate that the ballot initiative is likely to pass.
So far 1,951 votes, or 68.36 percent, of mail-in ballots are in favor of the measure that would generate an estimate $2 million annually. These funds are earmarked for the construction, operation and maintenance of a new recreation complex.
The increase would raise the hotel tax to 12 percent in most of the city and 14 percent in the redevelopment area.
A half-percent sales tax increase that would send an estimated $2.5 million annually either to roads, housing or facilities is not doing well with early mail-in votes.
At present, 1,545 voters are against the increase of sales tax from 8 percent to 8.5 percent in South Lake Tahoe, which equates to 56.06 percent of votes tallied so far.
Not too far behind, 1,211 vote-by-mail ballots are in favor of the measure, or 43.94 percent.
Voters who are in favor of Measure U have the option to select where they would like to see the additional revenue spent — advisory votes Q, R and S.
Housing (Measure Q) has 1,109 votes in support, or 40.74 percent, and 1,613 no-votes, or 59.26 percent. Roads (Measure R) currently has 1,917 votes in favor, or 69.23 percent, and 852 against, or 30.77 percent. Lastly, facilities (Measure S) has 695 of mail-in votes in favor, or 25.34 percent, and 2,048 in opposition, or 74.66 percent.
Measure T — a citizen-generated ballot initiative that aims to prohibit the City of South Lake Tahoe from “approving or supporting” the Loop Road Project —is pulling ahead early in the local election.
So far, the initiative has 1,722, or 60.81 percent, of mail-in votes in favor of the ballot measure, and 1,110 votes in opposition, or 39.19 percent.
In-person votes are still being counted, but a final vote is expected out around midnight.