Cupertino Union School District parcel tax, Measure C (May 2011)

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A Cupertino Union School District parcel tax, Measure C ballot question was on the May 3, 2011 ballot for voters in the Cupertino Union School District in Santa Clara County, where it was approved.[1]

Measure C will levy a additional parcel tax of $125 per parcel, on top of an existing $125 parcel tax, for six years. The tax will generate $4.4 million each year.[2]

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

The Cupertino Union School District has 18,250 students.[2]

Election results

Measure C
Result Votes Percentage
Approveda Yes 20,122 70.06%
No 8,598 29.94%

Election results from the Santa Clara County elections office as of May 10.



The official voter guide arguments in favor of Measure C were signed by:

  • Steve Ting
  • Julie Darwish
  • Darryl Stow
  • Dianne McKenna
  • Anita Amarnath

According to an article in the New York Times, the Cupertino School District spent $48,396 to pay a pollster and a campaign strategist to boost its chances of an affirmative vote on Measure C.

Phyllis Vogel, who is the vice president of the Cupertino Union School District board and a co-chair of the "Yes on Measure C," the district decided to spend the $48,396 on a pollster and a strategist because, "We could have gone out for the parcel tax, but we would have had no idea how much to ask for or how to build a campaign."[2]


A "No on Measure C" website said, "Cupertino School district wants to confiscate $250 from everyone who owns property in the district--regardless of income or ability to pay. We have some of the best schools in California. They don't have to have a budget increase every year. In these tough times, can't they tighten their belts along with the rest of us? Each of us--Democrat or Republican--should vote NO on Cupertino Measure C."[3]

Text of measure


Measure C: Quality Local Schools and Academic Excellence Measure. To provide stable funding that the State cannot take away, protect outstanding core academic programs in reading, writing, math and science, retain highly qualified teachers, provide updated technology and keep libraries open, shall Cupertino Union School District be authorized to levy $125 per parcel annually for six years with citizen oversight, no funds for administrators’ salaries, an exemption available for seniors and all funds staying in our local schools?

En Espanol

Measure C: Medida para Escuelas Locales de Calidad y Excelencia Académica. A fin de proporcionar financiamiento estable que no pueda ser tomado por el Estado, proteger programas académicos centrales sobresalientes en lectura, redacción, matemáticas y ciencias, retener a maestros altamente calificados, proporcionar tecnología actualizada y mantener abiertas las bibliotecas, ¿debe autorizarse al Distrito Escolar Unión de Cupertino a gravar $125 por parcela anualmente durante seis años con supervisión ciudadana, sin fondos para salarios de administradores, con una exención disponible para personas de la tercera edad y que todos los fondos permanezcan en nuestras escuelas locales?

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