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San Mateo Community College parcel tax, Measure G (June 2010)
The proposed tax was a $34-per-parcel annually. The tax was set to last for four years, and would generate about $6 million per year, because there are about 220,000 parcels in the district.
In February 2010, the community college district's board cut $6.5 million from its $90 million budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year. The community college district had lost $25 million in state funding in the last several years.
At the time of this election, the community college district supported three community colleges: Skyline College in San Bruno, the College of San Mateo, and Canada College in Redwood City. 45,000 students were enrolled, cumulatively, at the three colleges.
- These final, certified results are from the San Mateo County elections office.
Measure G: a first
In 2010 , there were 72 community college districts in California. Measure G was the first time that a community college district had used a parcel tax as a funding mechanism. The New York Times wrote an article about Measure E, saying, "San Mateo County voters could soon become the first in California to approve a special parcel tax on property to help pay for community college education in the county."
The editorial board of San Mateo Times
Arguments in favor
The editorial board of the San Mateo Times urged a "yes" vote on Measure G, saying, "The San Mateo County Community College District needs Measure G to pass to retain vital programs and services for county residents in an era of severe budget constraints over which the district has no control."
The Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association opposed Measure G. A spokesman for the group said their opposition is partly based on the fact that although only San Mateo residents would pay the tax, it benefits students who attend the district who come from outside the county and even outside the state. This feature of Measure E made it different from standard parcel taxes in California, which apply to K-12 schools, where nearly all students come from within the boundaries of the district where the tax is assessed: "You even have people from out of state and out of the country going to community colleges. You are putting the burden on property owners to support something that is not necessarily benefiting them."
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|To provide College of San Mateo, Skyline College and Cañada College local funds the State cannot take away and ensure affordable, quality education for students including: training for careers in nursing, healthcare, technology, engineering, sciences, police, firefighting; maintaining core academics in reading, writing, math; preparing students for universities; and keeping libraries open, shall San Mateo County Community College District levy $34 per parcel annually for four years and establish Citizens’ Oversight, exempt seniors and prohibit proceeds for administrator salaries?"|
- Full text of Measure G
- Impartial analysis of Measure G (timed out)
- Argument in favor (timed out)
- Argument against (timed out)
- Rebuttal to argument in favor (timed out)
- Rebuttal to argument against (timed out)
- San Mateo Voters To Decide 3 Issues On June Ballot
- San Mateo County Times, "College board puts parcel tax on ballot," March 10, 2010
- San Francisco Examiner, "Decision 2010: Peninsula residents to weigh in on several measures in June," March 24, 2010
- San Mateo Daily Journal, "College tax closer to reality," March 9, 2010
- KCBS, "Parcel Tax Would Fund San Mateo Community Colleges," March 11, 2010
- Educated Guess, "Community College First: A Parcel Tax"
- New York Times, "Community College Tax on Ballot in San Mateo," April 23, 2010
- San Mateo Times, "San Mateo County Community College District deserves support; vote yes on Measure G," May 24, 2010
- San Mateo Daily Journal, "Tax aims to help colleges," May 10, 2010
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.