San Mateo-Foster City School District bond proposition, Measure P (November 2013)
The estimated highest average tax rate required to pay of this bond debt was $19 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.
A 55 percent supermajority vote was required for approval.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
| Measure P:
“To improve local schools and protect high quality math, science, reading and writing instruction with funding that cannot be taken by the State, shall San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District upgrade classrooms, science labs, and libraries, relieve school overcrowding, update classroom technology for higher 21st- century academic standards, and repair, construct, or acquire equipment, classrooms, sites and facilities by issuing $130,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with citizen oversight, no money for administrators, and all funds staying local?”
Tax Rate Statement
Dr. Cynthia Simms, the Superintendent of the San Mateo-Foster City School District, provided a tax rate statement for Measure P:
An election will be held in the San Mateo-Foster City School District (the "District") on November 5, 2013, to authorize the sale of up to $130,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance projects as described in the measure. If such bonds are authorized and sold, principal and interest on the bonds will be payable only from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California. Such information is based upon the best estimates and projections presently available from official sources, upon experience within the District, and other demonstrable factors. Based upon the foregoing and projections of the District's assessed valuation, the following information is provided:
Voters should note the estimated tax rate is based on the ASSESSED v VALUE of taxable property on the County's official tax rolls, not on the property's market value. In addition, taxpayers eligible for a property tax exemption, such as the homeowner's exemption, will be taxed at a lower effective tax rate than described above. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property's assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions. The attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the District. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary from those presently estimated, due to variations from these estimates in the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold and market interest rates at the time of each sale, and actual assessed valuations over the term of repayment of the bonds. The date of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on the need for construction funds and other factors. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on the bond market at the time of sale. Actual future assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.
The group Support Measure P led the campaign in support of Measure P.
- San Mateo County Democratic Party
- San Mateo-Foster City Parent Teacher Association Council
- San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee
- San Mateo County Central Labor Council
- Noemi Avram, Foster City Rotary and San Mateo Downtown Business Association
- Anne Campbell, San Mateo County Superintendent of Education
- Julie Chan, Board of Trustees San Mateo-Foster City School District
- Marcia Cohn-Lyle, Former Board of Trustees San Mateo Union High School District
- Craig Courtin, Chief of Police of Foster City (Retired)
- Marc Friedman, Board of Trustees San Mateo Union High School District
- Robert Griffin, Board of Trustees San Mateo Union High School District
- Shikha Bakshi Hamilton, Attorney and Children's Advocate
- Peter Hanley, Board of Trustees San Mateo Union High School District
- Rod Hsiao, Board of Trustees San Mateo County Board of Education
- Mark Hudak, Former Board of Trustees San Mateo-Foster City School District
- Lory Lorimer Lawson, Board of Trustees San Mateo-Foster City School District
- Melodie L. Lew, Senior Advocate
- Audrey Ng, Board of Trustees San Mateo-Foster City School District
- Gary Pollard, SMFCSD Superintendent's Committee on Overcrowding Relief
- Daniela Relaford, San Mateo Chair, Yes on Measure P Committee
- Julie Scanlon, San Mateo-Foster City School District Bond Oversight Committee
- Gordon Strause, President of the San Mateo-Foster City Educational Foundation
- Brenda Sell, San Mateo Education Advocate
- James E. Sell, San Mateo Education Advocate
- Doug Stoveland, Foster City Chair Yes on Measure P Committee
- Colleen Sullivan, Board of Trustees San Mateo-Foster City School District
- Mark Watson, Attorney
- Gerry Weiss, President and Secretary of the Kiwanis Club of San Mateo
- Debra Williams, Treasurer of the Foster City Rotary
- Wing Yu, San Mateo County Measure A Oversight Committee
Proponents of Measure P had outlined their arguments in the League of Women Voters’ Voter Guide. The arguments included the following:
- Measure P will protect academic excellence in mathematics, sciences, reading and writing in local schools.
- The area’s highly ranked schools are attracting new families to the community causing overcrowding in schools. Measure P will relieve school overcrowding, a symptom that could prove detrimental to the area’s academic standing.
- Measure P ensures fiscal accountability through citizen oversight and annual audits. Furthermore, no funds can be used for salaries, pensions or other benefits.
- Attempting a rebuttal to opponents, proponents noted that some current opponents previously supported similar measures to benefit schools in their locales.
Vote No on Measure P was leading the campaign against Measure P.
- Heidi Bowman, Measure L Treasurer
- Anna Kuhre, Public Works Commissioner and President Emeritus San Mateo United Homeowners Association
- Ellen Mallory Ulrich, Board of Trustees San Mateo Foster City School District
- Jim Remington, President Emeritus San Mateo Elementary Teachers’ Association (SMETA)
- Ben Toy, President San Mateo United Home Associations (SMUHA)
Opponents of Measure P had outlined their arguments in the League of Women Voters’ Voter Guide. These arguments included the following:
- Measure P does not divide school bonds equitably throughout the school district. Taxpayer monies should benefit the entire school district, not just select schools.
- Considering the need for new facilities and site expansions, Measure P’s focus on technology development is fiscally irresponsible.
- Attempting a rebuttal against proponents, opponents wrote, “Read Measure P. Do you know where your tax dollars are really going? Does the language tell you where the money is going to be spent? It doesn't. It gives vague and general ideas of the wonderful things a bond could provide. Measure P will not provide all the things listed in their argument.”
- The San Mateo Daily Journal: "Overall, Measure P will have a community benefit for both San Mateo and Foster City at a cost of $19 a year per $100,000 assessed value of a property. It deserves your support."
- San Mateo County local measures for November 5, 2013 election, Measure P
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- League of Women Voters' Smart Voter Guide, "Measure P School Bond San Mateo-Foster City School District," accessed October 22, 2013
- Support Measure P (timed out)
- San Mateo County Democratic Party, "Endorsement Information for Candidates and Campaigns," accessed October 23, 2013
- San Mateo Labor Council, “Endorsements November Election 2013”, accessed October 23, 2013 (dead link)
- The San Mateo Daily Journal, "Editorial: Yes on Measure P," September 27, 2013
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