Brisbane parcel tax to help support schools approved by voters 

A parcel tax measure to support the Brisbane Elementary School District passed by a slim margin after vote-by-mail ballots were counted in the days after the April 10 special election, the San Mateo County Elections Office reported in semi-official results late last week.

“We’re very happy,” said school board President Ken Walker. “It took a lot of effort by a lot of volunteers. It really took a miracle and every last vote.”

The initial returns on the night of April 10 had pointed toward the failure of the measure, but a count of vote-by-mail ballots resulted in the measure passing by 67.5 percent. Because the initiative involved a tax, it required approval by two-thirds of voters. Turnout for the special election was 35 percent, with 70 percent of voters casting ballots by mail.

Brisbane had sent layoff notices to nearly one-third of its teachers, but the $156 annual parcel tax will help to close a $500,000 budget deficit. Walker said the board would likely vote to rescind the layoff notices at its next meeting.

The official results of the election must be certified by May 8, 2012.

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