Portola Valley School District parcel tax, Measure D (May 2010)

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A Portola Valley School District parcel tax, Measure D ballot question was on the May 4, 2010 ballot for voters in the Portola Valley School District in San Mateo County, where it was approved.[1][2]

The Measure D tax will be $168/parcel per year, for four years. It comes on top of the $290 annual parcel tax district residents are already paying. That tax was approved in 2004 and lasts for ten years. The total parcel tax burden, with the approval of Measure D, is $458/parcel per year.[3]

Superintendent Anne Campbell said that while the tax will not solve all of the district's budget woes, it will keep class sizes relatively low. Campbell also characterized the tax as "a short-term bridge to better times." The school district has not created a plan for what it will do if the economy continues to founder, causing property values in the district to decline, which in turn causes property tax revenues to the district to decline.[4]

The school district was facing a $500,000 budget deficit.[4]

The election was administered on a mail-in ballot-only basis. The cost of administering the mail-in election was estimated at $9.00/voter.[5]

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

Election results

Measure D
Approveda Yes 1,989 77.6%
These final, certified, election results are from the San Mateo County elections office (timed out).

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure D: "To maintain academic excellence and limit the impact of substantial state budget cuts, shall the Portola Valley Elementary School District continue its emphasis on science, math, reading and writing instruction; retain qualified and experienced teachers; minimize class size increases; and support arts and music programs by levying a $168 per parcel tax for four years with an exemption for seniors, mandatory annual aduits, independent citizen oversight, no money for administrator salaries and all funds staying in Portola Valley for local schools?"[6]

Ballot drop-off locations

Although the election was primarily mail-in, there were several locations where voters for Measure D or nearby Measure C could drop off ballots:[7]

  • 91 Ashfield Road in Atherton
  • 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park
  • 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.
  • The Elections Office at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo.

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