Jefferson Union High School parcel tax, Measure P (November 2010)

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Measure P, a proposed Jefferson Union High School parcel tax, was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in the Jefferson Union High School District in San Mateo County.[1] It was defeated.

The tax, if it had been approved, would have been $96/year, lasting for four years. The school district said that between $3-$3.5 million would be generated each year for the district if the tax passed.

In the wake of the defeat, district Superintendent Mike Crilly said the district may have to make cuts that would lead to "a shortened instructional calendar, no summer school and counselor layoffs."[2]

Laurie Frater, a member of the school's board, said that they may try a similar measure in the future: "It was so tantalizingly close. I'm pretty sure we'll at least have a discussion about trying again."[2]

Subsequently, the school district tried again with Measure C on the May 3, 2011 ballot

, but it, too, was defeated.[3]

Election results

  • Yes: 21,146 (65.83%)
  • No: 10,975 (34.17%) Defeatedd

Election results are from the San Mateo County elections division as of November 27, 2010.

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

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Measure P: To maintain and improve academic programs including reading, writing, science and math; fund computer technology/vocational training, and retain highly qualified teachers; shall Jefferson Union High School District levy $96 per parcel annually for four years (as described in the voter pamphlet), so long as seniors are exempt, no money is used for administrators’ salaries, independent citizens’ committee oversight is required, and all funds are spent on neighborhood schools and cannot be taken by the State and used elsewhere?

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