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Bay Area voters weighed in on five tax measures for local school districts in a special election Tuesday.

Voters in the Novato Unified School District appear to have narrowly passed Measure A, a $96 increase in the existing $155 parcel tax for  six years.

The $251 tax, which begins in fiscal year 2009-2010 will be used to minimize layoffs, avoid significant increases in class sizes, maintain  science and math programs, computers and classroom technology and protect  arts, music and athletic programs.

The measure needs 66.6 percent approval to pass and unofficial results Tuesday night showed 67.74 percent approval. Marin County Registrar  of Voters Elaine Ginnold said there are still mail-in ballots to be counted,  and she expects final results by Friday.

There was also one measure on the ballot in San Mateo County and three in Alameda County. Those measures also aimed to provide money through  parcel taxes to school districts.

Voters in San Mateo County rejected Measure E, which would have enacted an annual tax of $91 per parcel for five years.

The measure required two-thirds approval to pass, but only appeared to have garnered 60.3 percent of the vote, according to unofficial  election results.

The money would have gone toward retaining teachers, maintaining classroom programs, keeping libraries open, preserving art, music and  physical education classes, and continuing tutoring in reading and math.

Voters in Alameda County passed Measures B and E in Piedmont, but shot down Measure G in Pleasanton. All three measures required two-thirds  approval.

Measure B garnered 77.8 percent approval, according to unofficial results. The measure will enact special taxes in amounts determined by square  footage and type of dwelling. The money will go toward retaining teachers,  maintaining small class sizes and protecting instructional programs and  services in the Piedmont Unified School District.

Measure E also passed, garnering 72.7 percent approval. The measure will also enact special taxes in amounts determined by square footage  and type of dwelling, averaging about $249 per parcel, for three years.

That money will go toward offsetting the loss of state funds by providing temporary local funding to the Piedmont Unified School District.

Measure G would have levied an annual $233 parcel tax for four years. The money would have gone toward the Pleasanton Unified School  District.

However, voters rejected that measure, giving it only 61.7 percent approval.

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