Belmont-Redwood Shores School District parcel tax, Measure R (November 2013)

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A Belmont-Redwood Shores School District parcel tax, Measure R ballot question was on the November 5, 2013 ballot for voters in the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District in San Mateo County, California. It was approved.[1]

It renewed and continued an existing parcel tax of $174/year. The parcel tax was renewed by Measure R for a 10-year period starting on July 1, 2015.[2]

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

Election results

Measure R
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 5,549 72.0%
No2,16128.0%
These final, certified results are from the San Mateo County elections office.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure R:

“Without increasing the current tax rate and to maintain excellent student achievement by protecting math, science, reading and writing programs, supporting school libraries, attracting and retaining qualified teachers, and maintaining a well-rounded curriculum, including music and art, shall Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District renew its existing parcel taxes for ten years, with no funds for administrators’ salaries, exempting senior citizens and requiring independent citizen oversight, generating funds that cannot be taken by the State to benefit local schools?”[3][4]

Support

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Yes on R was leading the campaign in support of Measure R.[5]

Supporters

Officials

  • John R. Violet, Belmont City Treasurer

Organizations

  • San Mateo County Democratic Party[6]
  • Belmont-Redwood Shores Faculty Association[7]
  • San Mateo Labor Council[8]

Individuals

  • Mary Morrissey Parden, Former President of the Belmont Chamber of Commerce
  • George Metropulos, Teacher in Belmont-Redwood Shores School District

Arguments

Proponents of Measure R had outlined their arguments in the League of Women Voters’ Voter Guide. The arguments included the following:[9]

  • Measure R will protect excellent education in our community without increasing taxes.
  • Measure R funds will "stay in local classrooms to support student success, protect outstanding academic programs, and retain qualified teachers."
  • Preserving excellent schools increases property values.

Opposition

Opponents

The League of Women Voters of California did not identify any opponents in their voter guide.[9]

Arguments

  • Max Grogan-Crane, a resident of Belmont, wrote, "The school district is trying to railroad Taxpayers with this measure, without providing a certified budget to justify need or how funds will be utilized."[10]

Media endorsements

Support

  • The San Mateo Daily Journal editorial board wrote: "The arguments for Measure R are clear. It will keep the district’s current tax rate as it is, it will retain local control, help meet enrollment growth and maintain a sense of stability for the next decade."[11]

See also

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