Santa Clara Unified School parcel tax, Measure C (November 2009)

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A Santa Clara Unified School parcel tax, Measure C ballot question was on the November 3, 2009 ballot for voters in the Santa Clara Unified School District in Santa Clara County, where it was defeated.[1]

If Measure C had been approved, it would have authorized the school district to levy an annual $138 parcel tax. The tax would have been in effect for five years.

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

Election results

Measure C
Defeatedd No6,49837.04%
Yes 11,043 62.96%
These final, certified, election results are from the Santa Clara County elections office.


The Mercury News editorialized in favor of Measure G. They wrote, "Because of the vagaries of the state budget, parcel taxes are one of the few ways school districts can raise revenue that they get to keep. Given the Draconian cuts to schools this year, two parcel tax measures on the Nov. 3 ballot — Santa Clara Unified School District's Measure C and Fremont Union High School District's Measure G — are especially deserving of a 'yes' vote."[2]

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure C: "To maintain academic excellence in neighborhood schools, retain qualified, experienced teachers, prepare students for college and careers, maintain small class sizes In kindergarten through third grade and provide after-school tutoring and guidance programs, with no funds for administrator salaries, shall the Santa Clara Unified School District authorize an annual $138 education parcel tax for five years, with mandatory audits, citizen oversight, an exemption for citizens 65 years and older, and funding remaining locally controlled for neighborhood schools?"[3]

See also

External links


  1. Mercury News, "School parcel tax measures fall short," November 3, 2009
  2. Mercury News, "Editorial: Parcel taxes in Fremont Union, Santa Clara deserve 'yes' vote," October 7, 2009
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.