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December 5, 2022

A taxing day at the polls

Election outcomes
In a Hollister special election, barely 26 percent of registered
voters turned out to cast their ballots on a 1 percent sales tax
increase. Last November in a general election that included
candidates for County Board of supervisors as well as an initiative
to approve a senior housing development near the Hollister airport,
voters narrowly defeated a similar tax increase.
Election outcomes

In a Hollister special election, barely 26 percent of registered voters turned out to cast their ballots on a 1 percent sales tax increase. Last November in a general election that included candidates for County Board of supervisors as well as an initiative to approve a senior housing development near the Hollister airport, voters narrowly defeated a similar tax increase.

This time around, more absentee ballots were cast than precinct votes, with 1,775 people sending in ballots while only 1,688 showed up to fill out their vote in person. More than two-thirds of voters cast yes votes on Measure T.

The outcome of a similar measure in San Juan Bautista was still not available at press time. The measure would increase the city’s sales tax from 8 percent to 8.5 percent. Another measure appears to have fared poorly in the city, even though an official tally was unavailable. The measure was meant to increase the city’s growth cap from 1 percent to 3 percent, to bring the town into compliance with state housing mandates. Before the election, City Manager Jan McClintock said the city really has no choice but to increase the growth cap and is likely to lose state funding if they don’t.

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