It looks like a split decision on two tax measures that were before Manteca voters.
Measure Z — the City of Manteca’s one cent sales tax increase — is now trailing by 588 votes after the latest ballot count on Tuesday.
Measure A — the Manteca Unified School District’s $260 million school bond — has expanded its favorable margin.
Countywide, there are still over 40,000 mail-in ballots that need to be verified for signatures and addresses before they can be counted. Given they are mail-in ballots from throughout San Joaquin County, there is no way of knowing how many of those left to be verified were cast within the City of Manteca and/or the Manteca Unified School District.
It could be a week before a final count is completed. The next update on the county is tonight at 9 o’clock.
Measure Z as of Tuesday at 9 p.m. was trailing by 588 votes. That compares to a 512 vote deficit on Monday and a 352 vote deficit on Friday. It was down by 332 votes on Thursday and 208 votes last Wednesday. The tax proposal had been leading by 171 votes on Election Night.
The count now stands at 11,934 (51.24 percent) against and 11,358 (48.71 percent) in favor. The measure needs 50 percent plus one vote to pass.
The ballots left to count could also change the numbers tallied to date for the $260 million Manteca Unified School bond. Measure A as of Tuesday at 9 p.m. was passing with 20,431 (57.54 percent) in favor and 15,079 (42.46 percent) against. The approval margin widened 0.32 percent since Thursday.
Measure A requires 55 percent support to pass.
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