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Update: HMU, Sales Tax Add-On Measures Win

Semi-official election results from the county elections division show

Election results show both Hercules ballot measures, Measure O and N, passed with ease.

, for a half-cent sales tax add-on, received 70.12 percent of voters’ support, reported the Contra Costa County Elections Division. It needed 50 percent plus one to pass.

, which allows the city to sell the Hercules Municipal Utility, required a two-thirds majority vote. The measure passed with 76.93 percent of the vote.

As the votes rolled in Tuesday night, Mayor Dan Romero said he was thrilled to hear the measures appear to be successful. He said the potential revenue generated by the measures would give a needed financial boost to the city, which has a 2012-13 budget deficit of $1.5 million.

“There are still some cuts we need to make but this is a big (win) for us,” Romero said. “I think that this says that this council has a true (sense) of what the community needs right now.”

Romero said the council would spend the money on what Herculeans need, “which is public safety.”

Hercules Police Officers Association, which organized a campaign in support of Measure O, should be credited with the measure’s success, Romero said.

Susan D.Keeffe June 06, 2012 at 08:00 AM
Wah-hoo! Its s start!
Chris Tallerico June 06, 2012 at 12:50 PM
That took a fair amount of effort...Very happy to see they both passed...Time to start planning for Nov!
Dn June 06, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Third down and three yards to go is a lot better than fourth and a bleak future. The city now has an option of plays to call to try and get a first down. Let's see what they choose to make the fans in the stadium roar. Go Dynamites! Go Hercules!
Susan Tarvin June 06, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Thank You Hercules!
Susan D.Keeffe June 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
This shows the citizens, despite the Council, care about their City. This is a start. One of the things the City must do now is finish the ITC deal so the developer can get started, Anderson needs a road and Hercules needs the jobs. No more delays!
Toni Leance June 06, 2012 at 03:05 PM
A pathetically small voter turn out yesterday. The council needs to understand this isn't a mandate by any means about 2000 voters out of 24,000 agreed to give them this chance to try and solve some problems. I hope they use this gift wisely.
Myrna de Vera June 06, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Thank you to the voters who supported these two measures, and to those who came out and voted otherwise. Toni, I will work hard with the rest of the council to use this gift wisely. Tonight, the Council is holding a special meeting on the budget. I hope many of you will attend and give us more input on how to solve the general fund's structural deficit.
Carol June 06, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Toni - pathetic? Really - when the city was in turmoil last year the recall only had about 3700 people out of 24000 vote and that was a highly charged election. It is still representative of the people of Hercules.
Toni Leance June 06, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Carol when the consultant did a servey of 400 you thought it wasn't representative but 2000 votes out of 24,000 residents is representative ? I don't think so
Carol June 06, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Toni - you are correct - and my opinion of surveys still stands - I dont buy them. This was an actual vote and this is all that matters.
RJ June 06, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Myrna, This was not a "gift". This is another tax on the residents of Hercules. A "gift" is no expections in return. This tax is to be part of a balanced budget, which the citizens expect this council to do. Whatever cuts are necessary we expect a budget and no more new taxes in Nov.
Ken Morrison June 06, 2012 at 05:46 PM
The population of Hercules is aprox 24,000, and less then half are registered voters. It is sad that such a small percentage of the voters exercised their right to vote. A very small group of people put Hercules where it is today and fortunately there is a small group of people who are working to clean the mess up. Lets see important City services restored and new projects move forward. Everyone has an opportunity to contribute to the decision of what is most important in the City budget. I hope to see a full Council chamber tonight at the budget meeting.

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