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Voters Nix School Funding Efforts In Santa Barbara County; Carpinteria Voters Okay Sales Tax Hike

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Voters on the Central and South Coasts decided a number of ballot measures dealing with everything from proposed school bonds to sales tax increases.

It was a tough election for education in some parts of the region. Buellton School District voters rejected Measure A, a proposed parcel tax to help schools. It actually received a 58% yes vote, but needed 67% to pass. Lompoc voters rejected Measure E, a proposed $79 million dollar bond measure for the Lompoc Unified School District.

And, voters in the Alan Hancock Community College District rejected Measure Y, a proposed $75 million dollar bond measure.

Santa Barbara County voters decided a pair of measures having to do with how county supervisorial districts are drawn in the future. Measure G, which would have supervisors set up an 11 person commission to do the work, passed with a 52% yes vote. Measure H, which called for an independent commission to define the boundaries, failed with a 67% no vote.

Voters in Goleta, Lompoc, and Solvang approved special taxes for legal marijuana operations.

And, Carpinteria voters okayed Measure X, a sales tax hike to help with issues like public safety and street repairs. X passed by a 55% margin, so the city’s sales tax will go from 7.75% to 9%.