SAN FRANCISCO – Critical funding measures on the ballot in the struggling California cities of Fresno and Hercules hung in the balance Tuesday before voters – one appears to have passed, another’s fate is too close to call.

In Fresno, city officials were awaiting further vote tallies Wednesday as its measure to outsource its residential trash service to help balance its budget barely led with 50.26% of the vote. Absentee and provisional ballots still needed to be counted as of Wednesday morning, according to the county elections office.

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