Jun 3 2014

Measure H Rejected by Voters

School Theater Bonds Fail –

Measure H would have allowed the Piedmont Unified School District to issue school bonds valued at $13,500,000 plus interest for remodeling and improving Piedmont High School’s Alan Harvey Theater.   New classrooms, refurbished seating, accessibility, and other improvements were the basis of the plan.

Concern had been expressed over the reduction in seating capacity and inefficient use of taxpayer money. Opponents argued for an improved plan, use of resources on academic subjects including science, technology, and math, and increased community input into the design.  Others warned against borrowing the maximum amount allowed under State law, as Piedmont was already heavily in debt for school bonds.

At 8:06 p.m. election night, June 3, with only absentee votes counted, the results were:

NO = 745    50.13%

YES = 741   49.87%

“So goes the absentee vote, so goes the election,” has been a tradition in Piedmont for decades. The end results proved the old saying to be true.

Although the final vote count will not be certified for days, with all Piedmont precincts counted the unofficial results as of 11:09 p.m., June 3, were:

NO = 1317    51.41%

YES = 1245   48.59% 

School bonds require 55% voter approval by those voting on the measure.

Mail in ballots left at polling places will be added to the count.  These are not expected to change the results.


As of June 7, the updated unofficial final results were:

NO = 1683    52.40%

YES = 1529    47.60%

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