San Rafael High School District parcel tax, Measure B (May 2013)

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A San Rafael High School District parcel tax, Measure B ballot question was on the May 7, 2013 ballot for voters in the San Rafael High School District in Marin County, where it was approved.[1]

The election was held on a mail-in basis only, with ballots going out on April 8 and returned by May 7 to count.

The parcel tax in question has been in effect for 24 years. It is currently set at $139-per-parcel/per-year. The school district is allowed to increase the amount of the tax every year by 5%.[1]

An election on a San Rafael Elementary School District parcel tax, Measure A ballot question is on the same May 7, 2013 ballot.

Election results

Measure B
Approveda Yes 12,513 79.08%
These final, certified results are from Marin County elections office.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Question: To protect quality education at San Rafael and Terra Linda High Schools with stable local funding the State can’t take away, including: enhancing math, science, technology, music and fine art instruction; maintaining small class sizes; preparing students for college and 21st-century careers; and attracting and retaining quality teachers, shall San Rafael High School District extend the expiring school parcel tax for eight years with senior exemptions, independent oversight, no funds for administrator salaries and all funds staying local?[2]


  • Paul Cohen: "We need a stable, local funding source that protects...core services."[3]
  • Rachel Kertz: "This is a community that supports its schools and its kids. To me a parcel tax is just a small way of telling our kids that we support them and we care about their future."[3]
  • Amy Jonak: "This isn't a new tax, it's not a tax increase, it's simply a continued opportunity to channel local dollars under local control into our local schools."[3]

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