SAN LEANDRO -- A $39 parcel tax to fund classroom programs was falling just shy of the two-thirds approval needed to pass.

With most of the votes counted, the measure had 65.38 percent approval. It needs 66 percent, or two-thirds, to pass.

The levy was designed to generate an estimated $2.4 million yearly, to be spent on things such as music, art, athletics and libraries. None of money would go to administrative salaries.

Measure L was supported by the San Leandro Teachers Association, the City Council and the chamber of commerce.

The school district's last parcel tax measure failed six years ago. Although 61 percent supported the levy, it fell short of the two-thirds approval needed.

San Leandro voters have passed two bond measures in recent years: Measure B in 2006, a $109 million school facilities bond, and Measure M in 2010, a $50.1 million sports facilities bond.

If approved, the levy would be in effect for five years. Like other districts across California, San Leandro schools have been hit hard by state funding cuts. The Yes on Measure L campaign stressed that money raised by the parcel tax would stay in the district.



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