Water district’s Measure B passes with 72 percent ‘yes’ votes

In this 2005 file photo, a water district employee watches the water release from Anderson dam after a heavy rainfall.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District’s “Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Plan” also known as Measure B will pass with 72 percent of “yes” votes as of 6 a.m. Wednesday. The measure needed 66 percent to pass.

The measure, which will extend a parcel tax to county homeowners, reported all 1,000 precincts reporting, according to the Registrar of Voters.

The plan was first approved by the voters in November 2000, the Upper Llagas Creek Flood Protection Project, located in San Martin and the cities of Morgan Hill and Gilroy, will provide flood protection to communities along the East Little Llagas Creek, West Little Llagas Creek and Llagas Creek in San Martin and Morgan Hill.

The government agency that provides wholesale water to homes, business and cities around Santa Clara County is asking voters now to approve Measure B, which extends a parcel tax that will raise $548 million over the next 15 years. Called the “Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program” (the same project that will provide funds for the Upper Llagas Creek flood protection), the passing of this would continue the tax through 2028 (rather than expiring in 2016) and translates into about $56 a year for average homes according to past reports.

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