SAN DIEGO — Support for a ballot measure that would allow the City of San Diego to recover its cost of providing trash services to eligible residential properties has taken the lead after previously trailing since Election Tuesday.

The approval of Measure B had garnered nearly 50.5% of the vote compared to the roughly 49.5% who voted “No,” election results showed Thursday. There were still 5,800 projected outstanding ballots countywide, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. The measure requires approval of a simple majority to pass. 

If approved, Measure B would allow the city to charge a fee for its waste management services to eligible single-family homes and multi-family properties with up to four homes. 

Supporters of Measure B, including San Diego City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera and City Councilmember Joe LaCava, say the measure would put an end to apartment dwellers having to pay more than others for trash collection services, and would mean the city would provide free trash and recycling bins. Opponents, including State Senator Brian Jones and Reform California Chairman Carl DeMaio, argue the measure is a “massive tax hike” that would cost San Diegans between $350 and $500 more a year.