Tuesday’s voters had many issues and candidates to consider, and some results are still being tallied.
Wildomar’s Measure Z is passing by a slim margin and councilmember Bridgette Moore is hopeful the measure will maintain its position at more than 66 percent.
A two-thirds vote is needed to pass the measure, which has failed to pass in years past.
If the measure is successful, residents will pay an additional $28 per year to maintain the city’s three parks.
“I have been on pins and needles all night,” Moore said. “I barely slept.”
The registrar is still counting provisional ballots and the next update is scheduled for 6 p.m. tomorrow.
Two of the three city parks are currently closed due to lack of funding. The Marna O’Brien Park, the remaining park, has remained open thanks to the efforts of volunteers.
City officials estimate an annual maintenance cost of just over $176,000 for all three parks. The measure includes statements that prevent the state from rerouting the money, as well as an oversight committee to ensure funding is used only for the parks and recreational programs.
In June of last year, votes needed to pass the measure fell short by about 10 percent.
Last night’s tallies also show Moore receiving the most votes, more than 34 percent, of the four Wildomar City Council candidates vying for the two open seats. The other incumbent, Bob Cashman, came next with nearly 29 percent of the votes.
Both Cashman and Moore led the campaign to incorporate the City of Wildomar. Both councilmembers plan to continue pushing for the city to regain the $1.8 million in state funding lost when the city incorporated.
Moore hopes to utilize Measure Z funds to re-open city parks in order to increase family-friendly recreational activities within the city.
Jennifer Dean is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.