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Redwood City Elementary School District parcel tax, Measure W (June 2012)

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A Redwood City Elementary School District parcel tax ballot question was on the June 5, 2012 ballot for voters in the Redwood City Elementary School District in San Mateo County, where it was approved.[1]

Measure W will levy a $67 annual parcel tax for five years. It is anticipated that the tax will generate about $1.7 million for the school district.

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

On June 2, 2009, voters in the district rejected Measure E, which would have imposed a $91/year parcel tax. Voters in the district also rejected parcel tax proposals in 2005 and 1993.[2][3]

Election results

Measure W
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 11,181 69.2%
No4,97530.8%
These final election results are from the San Mateo County elections office.

Support

  • Michele Haussler and Julie Guaspar were chairs of the campaign to pass the measure.[1]
  • School board trustee Shelly Masur said, "There’s no question in my mind, [a parcel tax is] necessary. The question has been: Can we be successful?"[1]
  • Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre.[2]
  • Redwood City school board president Hilary Paulson said, "We’ve pretty much spent reserves all the way down, as far as we can legally. Should funding not come through this year, it will be a whole different ballgame."[4]

Opposition

  • Sequoia Healthcare District Board Director Jack Hickey spoke against the parcel tax proposal at a meeting of the school board in February 2012, saying that the district should focus on budget cuts.[2]
  • The local Libertarian Party filed an argument against Measure W which said that it will be a struggle for families to pay the tax and that the district's plan for how they will spend the money is unacceptably vague.[4]

Ballot text

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE W: "To improve local elementary and middle school education for all students with funds that cannot be taken by the State; enhance reading, writing, math, and science skills; attract and retain qualified teachers; and support school libaries; shall the Redwood City Elementary School District levy an educational parcel tax of $67 annually for five years only, exempting seniors, with independent citizen oversight, annual reports to the community, no money for administrators' salaries, and all money benefitting local schools?"[5]

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