Measure S passes by wide margin

Measure S passed by a wide margin tonight with a 73.76 percent to 26.24 percent ratio, according to preliminary results from the Mono County Elections office.

The vote still has to be certified, but the results of all the voting precincts were in at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday when the county released the results. The measure, an extension of an existing $59/year tax on property owners within the Mammoth Unified School District, needed to pass with a two-thirds majority, which it more than met.

The renewal of the tax will keep about $660,000 in the district, and with cuts to education by the state expected to hit the district next year, the renewal of the "parcel tax", as it is called, was deemed critical to the district's financial health and its ability to teach provide an effective education. Mammoth Unified has already tightened its belt by about $900,000 over the past year, including cutting teachers and teacher aides.

Voters cast 1,178 votes in favor of Measure S and 419 votes against it.