Town of Atherton Increase in Appropriations Limit, Measure T (November 2009)

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A Town of Atherton Increase in Appropriations Limit, Measure T ballot question was on the November 3, 2009 ballot for voters in the Town of Atherton in San Mateo County, where it was approved.

With the enactment of Measure T, the Town of Atherton's appropriations limit was increased by an amount equal to one and a half times the amount of any voter-approved parcel tax. This adjustment was in effect between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2014.

A parcel tax measure, Measure S, was on the same ballot as Measure T, and was approved.[1]

Election results

Measure T
Approveda Yes 1,252 69.6%
These final, certified, results are from the San Mateo County elections office.


Mayor Jerry Carlson, Vice Mayor Kathy McKeithen and Athertown Council members Elizabeth Lewis, Charles Marsala and Jim Dobbie signed the ballot argument in favor of Measure T. Their argument said, "The parcel tax renewal is not a new tax but continues the existing amount of the Town of Atherton’s current parcel tax. This measure is a technical requirement in the State Constitution to allow the Town to spend parcel tax money to fulfill the voter-approved purposes."

About Atherton

Atherton is an incorporated town in San Mateo County, California. Its population was 7,194 at the 2000 census. It is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States, with a median family income of about $150,000.[2]

According to the town's website, "Atherton is located on the peninsula nestled between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The Town begins in the flatlands then moves westward to the hills, until it reaches Highway 280. Beautiful foliage, elegant gardens and heritage trees dominate this quiet small community. The Town of Atherton desires, insofar as possible, to preserve its character as a scenic, rural, thickly-wooded, residential area, with abundant open space with streets designed primarily as scenic routes rather than for speed of travel."

Constitutional background

Article XIII B of the California Constitution establishes an appropriations (expenditure) limit for California cities and towns. The voters may increase the appropriations limit, but only for four years at a time.

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