Measure E boosters, foes in waiting game

By: Nathan Donato-Weinstein
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Waiting to hear what's up with Measure E, the Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District's bond that appeared on the Feb. 5 ballot? Keep waiting. County Elections Department officials from Placer and Sacramento said final numbers in the extremely close election that spans both jurisdictions are still several days away. Placer County Assistant Registrar Ryan Ronco said the county expects to have a certified tally possibly by the middle of next week. Staffers are currently processing 3,000 to 4,000 provisional ballots, he said, which are given to voters at polling places if there is any question as to the voter's eligibility. We're reconciling our rosters, making sure nobody stuffed the ballot box on Election Day, he said. Those processes take some time to verify. Elections officers said after the Feb. 5 contest that the margin by which voters were passing the bond “ about 28 votes, according to a Press-Tribune tally “ was too small to declare it a winner. But there are some new numbers to chew on. Last week, Sacramento County released updated figures midway through that county's canvassing process that turned up more votes in the election. The new numbers, released on the county's Web site Friday, puts the proposed measure's approval rate at 56.3 percent as more yes votes appear from Antelope, slightly up from the 55.24 percent approval previously reported. That number would almost certainly change, however, as Placer County has not received any new figures in the canvassing process. The bond requires a 55 percent approval to pass. As it stands, 69.62 percent of Sacramento County voters were approving the bond, while only 50.67 percent of Placer County voters did so. If approved, the $67 million Measure E would add about $30 per $100,000 of assessed value to homeowners' property taxes for those living in the district, which includes a portion of Roseville, as well as Antelope and the Dry Creek community.