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May 24, 2011 > Recount confirms narrow defeat for Measure B

Recount confirms narrow defeat for Measure B

Submitted By Rick La Plante

A recount of ballots from the special election to decide Measure B was completed recently, confirming that the emergency funding measure for the New Haven Unified School District was defeated by a handful of votes.

The recount identified one additional yes vote, according to Richard Valle, chairman of the Measure B campaign committee, bringing the final total to 7,852 in favor and 3,967 opposed, an approval percentage of 66.44. The measure needed 66.67 to pass.

Measure B, a $180 parcel tax for four years, would have raised approximately $3 million annually to minimize class size increases and reductions to the school year and to fund after-school activities.

Superintendent Kari McVeigh thanked Mr. Valle for leading the recount effort. She also thanked him again for his campaign efforts, as well as those of New Haven Teachers Association President Charmaine Kawaguchi and the dozens of other teachers, students and parents who worked for Measure B.

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