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Zoe Morgan/Town Crier File Photo The Cupertino Union School District's parcel tax election was conducted by mail.

Last updated 3:30 p.m., May 5: Initial election results show the Cupertino Union School District’s Measure A parcel tax falling short of the two-thirds support needed for passage.

Of the ballots counted thus far, 59.04% are in favor of the tax (14,433 votes) and 40.96% (10,014) are opposed. That's over 7 percentage points shy of the two-thirds approval required.

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters will continue to count ballots and update the results in the coming days.

The vote was conducted by mail, and ballots postmarked on or before Election Day are eligible to be counted, as long as the registrar receives them by Friday (May 7).

Measure A would levy a $398 annual tax on each parcel of land within the Cupertino Union School District’s boundaries and last for eight years. If approved, the measure would replace an existing $250 parcel tax and raise an estimated $14 million annually.

The CUSD Board of Education decided to place the parcel tax before voters in an attempt to raise revenue to address long-running financial challenges. The district has faced repeated budget cuts in recent years, and last fall the board considered closing multiple schools to save money. That prospect met with strong opposition from parents. Board members ultimately tried to pass a new parcel tax, saying that if it were approved, schools wouldn’t be shut down to save money, though they left the door open to closures for other reasons, such as declining enrollment.

The next batch of election results are set to be released by 5 p.m. Thursday (May 6), according to the registrar of voter’s website.