Belmont-Redwood Shores School District parcel tax, Measure R (November 2013)
It renewed and continued an existing parcel tax of $174/year. The parcel tax was renewed by Measure R for a 10-year period starting on July 1, 2015.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
| Measure R:
“Without increasing the current tax rate and to maintain excellent student achievement by protecting math, science, reading and writing programs, supporting school libraries, attracting and retaining qualified teachers, and maintaining a well-rounded curriculum, including music and art, shall Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District renew its existing parcel taxes for ten years, with no funds for administrators’ salaries, exempting senior citizens and requiring independent citizen oversight, generating funds that cannot be taken by the State to benefit local schools?”
Yes on R was leading the campaign in support of Measure R.
- John R. Violet, Belmont City Treasurer
- San Mateo County Democratic Party
- Belmont-Redwood Shores Faculty Association
- San Mateo Labor Council
- Mary Morrissey Parden, Former President of the Belmont Chamber of Commerce
- George Metropulos, Teacher in Belmont-Redwood Shores School District
Proponents of Measure R had outlined their arguments in the League of Women Voters’ Voter Guide. The arguments included the following:
- Measure R will protect excellent education in our community without increasing taxes.
- Measure R funds will "stay in local classrooms to support student success, protect outstanding academic programs, and retain qualified teachers."
- Preserving excellent schools increases property values.
The League of Women Voters of California did not identify any opponents in their voter guide.
- Max Grogan-Crane, a resident of Belmont, wrote, "The school district is trying to railroad Taxpayers with this measure, without providing a certified budget to justify need or how funds will be utilized."
- The San Mateo Daily Journal editorial board wrote: "The arguments for Measure R are clear. It will keep the district’s current tax rate as it is, it will retain local control, help meet enrollment growth and maintain a sense of stability for the next decade."
- Belmont Patch, "BRSSD Aiming for Parcel Tax Renewal in November," June 8, 2013
- San Mateo Daily Journal, "Renewal of elementary school parcel tax on fall ballot: Belmont-Redwood Shores district tax would be $174 per parcel annually," September 24, 2013
- San Mateo County local measures for November 5, 2013 election, Measure R
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Yes on R
- San Mateo County Democratic Party, "Endorsement Information for Candidates and Campaigns," accessed October 23, 2013
- San Mateo Daily Journal, "Letter: Teachers support Nishimoto, Bhopale, Velschow and Measure R," October 8, 2013
- San Mateo Labor Council, “Endorsements November Election 2013”, accessed October 23, 2013 (dead link)
- League of Women Voters' Smart Voter Guide, "Measure R Educational Parcel Tax Belmont-Redwood Shores School District," accessed October 23, 2013
- Belmont Patch, "Letter to the Editor: No on Measure R," October 9, 2013
- San Mateo Daily Journal, "Editorial: Yes on Measure R," September 25, 2013