Cabrillo Unified School District parcel tax, Measure E (June 2010)

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A Cabrillo Unified School District parcel tax, Measure E ballot proposition was on the June 8, 2010 ballot for voters in the Cabrillo Unified School District in San Mateo County, where it was approved.[1][2]

The proposed tax was a $150/parcel each year for five years. The tax was expected to generate $1.5 million a year for the Cabrillo school district, which was facing a $2.5 million deficit in the following fiscal year.[3]

The Cabrillo School District had about 3,400 students at the time of the approval of Measure E.[4]

Voters in the district had rejected four previous requests from the school district for a parcel tax.

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.

Election results

Measure E
Approveda Yes 5,780 71.3%
These final, certified results are from the San Mateo County elections office.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

To continue student achievement in our local elementary, middle and high schools; preserve strong academic programs including science, math, reading and writing; keep schools open; retain qualified teachers and smaller class sizes; and maintain updated classroom computer technology; shall Cabrillo Unified School District assess an annual education parcel tax in the amount of $150 per parcel, for five years, with annual audits, citizen oversight, no funds for administrators’ salaries, and all revenues staying in our local schools?[5]


"Yes on E" video


The official ballot guide arguments in favor of Measure E were signed by BJ Mackle, Thomas Cox, Nadia Bledsoe Popyack, Sandra Andreni and Lenny Mendonca. The editorial board of Half Moon Bay Review was also in favor of this measure.

Arguments in favor

The editorial board of the Half Moon Bay Review urged a "yes" vote on Measure E. They said, "Due to cuts from the state, the district is in the midst of a full-blown crisis it simply could not have avoided. We cannot allow our schools to fail. Here’s why: We have a graying workforce, an immigration mess, a tangle of good intentions with health care and a society dependent on ever-changing technology. We are leaving it to our kids to sort it all out. If we can’t afford to pay for our children’s education now, then we will be paying for that lack of foresight later."[6]


The campaign for a "Yes on E" vote raised at least $100,000.[7]

Budget woes

Whether the tax had passed or not, Cabrillo USD's finances were in such bad shape that the district was likely to have to cut 10% from its 2010-2011 budget.[8]

The Board of Trustees of CUSD voted on March 10 to give pink slips to 100 employees of the district.[9]

Board President Dwight Wilson commented on the pink slip vote, saying, "There's not one cut that we want to do this year. We need to pass a parcel tax. If we do that, these cuts come off the list."[9]

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