School levies are faring better than tax initiatives in San Mateo County

| June 06, 2012

School Bonds

Measure S
Voters in the Cabrillo Unified School District serving Half Moon Bay approved Measure S, an $81 million bond issue that will allow the district to repair deteriorating school buildings. The district, which is facing a $2 million deficit this year, expects to issue
40-year bonds, which would be paid back by taxes estimated to cost property owners $45 per year for each $100,000 of assessed value.

Measure W
Voters in the Redwood City School District appeared to have approved Measure W, a $67 annual parcel tax. The tax would be levied for five years and will earn the district an estimated $1.6 million to $1.7 million. That money will go toward teaching reading, writing, math and science, and it will help pay for teacher salaries and libraries.

Measure Y
Voters in the Jefferson Union High School District approved Measure Y, a $48 annual parcel tax. It will take effect next month and expire in 2016. The district stands to lose as much as $1.5 million in state funding this year, a gap that district officials said Measure Y will cover.
— Amy Crawford

TAXES

Measure T
Whether it will cost more to rent a car in San Mateo County was too close to call election night. Measure T would raise the gross receipts tax on rental car businesses in unincorporated San Mateo County by 2.5 percent. It needs the majority of voters to approve it. Business at the San Francisco International Airport would be the most affected. The measure would give the county $7.75 million.

Measure U
The cost to stay in a hotel in unincorporated portions of the county will stay the same after a tax measure to increase hotel transient rates by 2 percent appeared to have failed. The measure, which would have raised tax rates at hotels from 10 percent to 12 percent, seemed to fail to gain the majority of support it needed. Foster City and Redwood City voters approved similar tax measures in 2010. The county would have received an additional $200,000 each year.

Measure X
An 8 percent tax increase on parking facilities that would have brought in $5 million for San Mateo County appeared to have been rejected by the majority of voters Tuesday night. The tax increase would have affected parking operators at San Francisco International Airport. Opponents of the tax said it was not the answer to solving San Mateo County’s $28 million deficit. Many worried the cost of the tax would be passed on to
visitors instead.

Measure Z
A parcel tax measure that would renew a $65 tax on properties in unincorporated portions of San Mateo County to fund fire and police protection was approved. The special tax would extend police and fire services for the unincorporated portions of the city of San Mateo, known as the Highlands. The tax, which will extend for another four years, will bring in $92,000 a year to pay for these services. Voters approved similar taxes in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2007.

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