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ELECTION: All Marin Measures Pass, Including Plans for Permanent San Rafael Farmers Market

By Bay City News Service:

Voters in Marin County approved all six measures on Tuesday's  primary election ballot, according to unofficial results.

Voters in San Rafael handily approved Measure B, a proposal to make the Marin Civic Center the permanent home of the Farmers Market run by the nonprofit Agricultural Institute of Marin. The measure needed a majority of the vote and received 81 percent approval.

Measure B will create a permanent home in a Farmers Market Hall building at the vacant Christmas tree lot on the Civic Center campus in San Rafael. The permanent home would be pedestrian, bike and public transit friendly and come at no cost to the public.

The Market Hall and Plaza will serve as a community hub for farmers, ranchers, food purveyors, artisans and the public. The Agricultural Institute of Marin will raise 100 percent of the money from private sources.

Measure A asked voters countywide to extend a $49 parcel tax approved in 2010 for nine years for county library services starting in fiscal year 2015-2016. It needed two-thirds approval and received 77.7 percent of the unofficial vote.

Proponents said the revenue will prevent library branches from closing and reducing hours and protect programs and services for children and people with disabilities.

The Petaluma Joint Union High School District asked voters to approve Measure C, a $68 million bond issue to upgrade classrooms and facilities, plumbing, sewer, electrical, heating and ventilation and air conditioning systems. It received 60 percent approval in Marin County and needed 55 percent.

In Sonoma County, as of 11 p.m., 63 percent of the voters in the school district also had approved the bond measure.

The Larkspur-Corte Madera School District sought approval of Measure D, a $19 million bond issue to relieve overcrowding, modernize elementary and middle schools by replacing portable classrooms with new classrooms, making fire and earthquake safety upgrades and other infrastructure improvements. Measure D received 68.7 approval and required 55 percent to pass.

San Anselmo's Measure E passed with 72 percent approval. It asked voters to approve a special library services tax of $54 a year per parcel with a 3 percent annual cost of living increase for nine years.

The special tax revenue will maintain and enhance library hours, adult and children's programs and general library services. Measure E needed two-thirds approval.

The Stinson Beach County Water District's Measure F passed with 90 percent approval. It establishes a $1.4 million appropriations limit for an additional four years.

Proponents said Measure F will not increase taxes and will allow full use of the property tax revenue the water district already receives.

Measure F will continue using existing service levels without increasing water rates to make up for lost tax revenue, proponents said. Measure F needed majority approval.


 
 

Michael June 04, 2014 at 02:34 PM
I live in San Rafael and did not see Measure A on my ballot. What gives? Did other just vote to tax me and I had no vote? Anybody clarify?
Elvis June 04, 2014 at 07:10 PM
I never saw Measure A - property tax for library funding on the San Rafael either. Perhaps patch has the wrong town, I hope that it wasn't left inadvertently from my ballot.
Hopkin June 04, 2014 at 07:25 PM
I saw it (Novato mail-in) and voted no - mainly because I don't think tax measures should be for such a long length of time.
novato 3per June 04, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Love the graphic, vote " aqui " ..was that actually seen in marin ? They cannot be aware of all the issues, discussion, and nuances of life in America to the point where they know enough to make such a valuable decision as vote, but cant / wont put forth the effort to learn the language, can they ?
Hopkin June 04, 2014 at 07:48 PM
3per, I saw that sign at the fire station on Atherton.

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