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Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 11:09 am | Updated: 2:01 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

—Posted by Matt Buxton, staff writer

The locally backed Measure 1, which raises the cap for municipal residential property tax exemptions from $20,000 to $50,000, is passing according to the latest vote count.

Absentee and question ballots counted on Tuesday helped Measure 1, which failed in general primary voting on Aug. 28 by 1,200 votes, bump ahead by 284 votes.

The tally brings the current vote totals to 58,014 in favor to 57,730 against. The measure had been popular in the Fairbanks area, but had lagged in rural and Southcentral districts.

It’s still too early to declare a safe win for Measure 1. The Mat-Su region is scheduled to count absentee and question ballots on Thursday. Every district in the area voted against Measure 1, albeit by relatively narrow margins.

Whether or not the voting trend carries over to absentee ballots and if it’s enough to make up the 284-vote gap will be determined tomorrow afternoon.

Follow staff writer Matt Buxton on Twitter: @FDNMpolitics.

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