San Mateo Community College parcel tax, Measure G (June 2010)

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A San Mateo County Community College District parcel tax, Measure G ballot proposition, was on the June 8, 2010 ballot for voters in the San Mateo County Community College District in San Mateo County, where it was narrowly approved.[1][2]

The proposed tax was a $34-per-parcel annually. The tax was set to last for four years, and would generate about $6 million per year, because there are about 220,000 parcels in the district.[3]

In February 2010, the community college district's board cut $6.5 million from its $90 million budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year. The community college district had lost $25 million in state funding in the last several years.

At the time of this election, the community college district supported three community colleges: Skyline College in San Bruno, the College of San Mateo, and Canada College in Redwood City. 45,000 students were enrolled, cumulatively, at the three colleges.[4]

Election results

Measure G
Approveda Yes 81,843 67.1%
These final, certified results are from the San Mateo County elections office.

Measure G: a first

In 2010 , there were 72 community college districts in California. Measure G was the first time that a community college district had used a parcel tax as a funding mechanism.[5] The New York Times wrote an article about Measure E, saying, "San Mateo County voters could soon become the first in California to approve a special parcel tax on property to help pay for community college education in the county."[6]



The editorial board of San Mateo Times

Arguments in favor

The editorial board of the San Mateo Times urged a "yes" vote on Measure G, saying, "The San Mateo County Community College District needs Measure G to pass to retain vital programs and services for county residents in an era of severe budget constraints over which the district has no control."[7]



The Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, San Mateo County Libertarian Party, and Californians for Property Rights opposed Measure G.[8]

Arguments against

The Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association opposed Measure G. A spokesman for the group said their opposition is partly based on the fact that although only San Mateo residents would pay the tax, it benefits students who attend the district who come from outside the county and even outside the state. This feature of Measure E made it different from standard parcel taxes in California, which apply to K-12 schools, where nearly all students come from within the boundaries of the district where the tax is assessed: "You even have people from out of state and out of the country going to community colleges. You are putting the burden on property owners to support something that is not necessarily benefiting them."[6]

Text of measure


The question on the ballot:

To provide College of San Mateo, Skyline College and Cañada College local funds the State cannot take away and ensure affordable, quality education for students including: training for careers in nursing, healthcare, technology, engineering, sciences, police, firefighting; maintaining core academics in reading, writing, math; preparing students for universities; and keeping libraries open, shall San Mateo County Community College District levy $34 per parcel annually for four years and establish Citizens’ Oversight, exempt seniors and prohibit proceeds for administrator salaries?"[9]

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