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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
Ballot and voting information for San Mateo County.
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Sales Tax Extension

County
November 8, 2016California General Election

San Mateo County
Measure K - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

206,910 votes yes (70.4%)

87,117 votes no (29.6%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (507/507).
  • 323,303 ballots counted.

To ensure San Mateo County quality of life by retaining/improving critical facilities/services, such as: providing affordable homes for seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, families; enhancing public transit; combatting human trafficking; addressing sea level rise; maintaining safe schools and neighborhoods; high-quality preschool and reading programs; park maintenance; and low-income healthcare, shall San Mateo County extend the existing half-cent sales tax, without increasing the rate, providing $85,000,000 annually for 20 years that the State cannot take away?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

On July 26, 2016 pursuant to Section 53723 of the Government Code, the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Mateo adopted a resolution to extend the County of San Mateo's existing one-half retail sales and use tax. Section 52723 of the Government Code and Section 7285 of the Revenue and Taxation Code require that the measure for a general tax be submitted to the voters of the County for approval.

In November 2012, San Mateo County voters approved Measure A which created a one half-cent sales and use tax (the "Measure A Sales Tax") for a period of ten years. By its terms, the Measure A Sales Tax is currently scheduled to expire in 2023. Under Measure K, the Board of Supervisors proposes to extend the existing retail sales and use tax imposed by Measure A for twenty years at the current tax rate of one-half cent, meaning the sales tax would continue until March 31, 2043. this tax would continue to be imposed on retail transactions and uses, as defined by Chapter 5.152 of the San Mateo County Ordinance Code.

The County's stated reason for extending the sales tax is to continue supporting many services and programs, such as: providing affordable housing to seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, and families; developing otherl ong-term solutions to the affordable housing crisis; maintaining transit services for the elderly and people with disabilities; combatting human trafficking; maintaining emergency operations and 911 police, fire, and paramedic dispatch; maintaining child abuse protection programs; maintaining healthcare for low-income children, seniors, and people with disabilities; maintaining fire and emergency medical/paramedic response; maintaining preschool, afterschool, and library programs for children and teens; addressing the effects of sea level rise; keeping County parks open; maintaining countywide gang and drug task forces; and providing neighborhood health clinics.

A "yes" vote on this measure would continue the Measure A sales tax within the boundaries of San Mateo County at the rate of one-half cent for an additional twenty years, through March 31, 2043.

A "no" vote on this measure would not allow the Measure A Sales Tax to be extended and the Measure A Sales Tax would expire on March 31, 2023.

This measure passes if a majority of those voting on the measure vote "yes." 

Arguments FOR

In 2012, San Mateo County voters overwhelmingly approved funding that has dramatically improved our county, through fiscally responsible investment in:

 * Improving 911 emergency dispatch, fire and police service

 * The Big Lift preschool program, addressing early learning the literacy gap

 * Homelessness prevention and food bank funding

 * Low-income health care at Seton Hospital and the Mobile Health Clinic at the Coastside

 * Reducing childhood poverty and child abuse

 * Upgrades to county parks from the Bay to the Ocean

Today San Mateo County faces new challenges, especially around affordability, as thousands of longtime residents are being forced to move away. Extending this funding for 20 years at the current rate with no new taxes will allow us to maintain critical services, address many of today's new challenges and continue the progress we have made, such as:

 * Providing affordable homes for seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, and working families, including teachers and first responders

 * Maintaining and improving emergency preparedness services, neighborhood and school safety

 * Continuing to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children

By law, Measure K funds cannot be taken away by the state. An independent oversight committee and annual audits will ensure that every penny is accounted for and spent locally on crucial San Mateo County services.

Vote YES on K to provide locally controlled funds with NO new taxes to maintain our quality of life and promote affordability in every community, including Atherton, Belmont, Belle Haven, Brisbane, Broadmoor, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, El Granada, Emerald Hills, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, La Honda, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Montara, Moss Beach, North Fair Oaks, Pacifica, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, and Woodside.

Join San Mateo County residents, seniors, law enforcement, businesses, community leaders, affordable housing advocates, and your neighbors in voting YES on Measure K to promote affordability and protect our unique quality of life with NO new taxes.

/s/ Dave Pine, San Mateo County Supervisor

/s/ Michele Beasley, Executive Director, San Mateo County Parks Foundation

/s/ Kalimah Salahuddin, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco Board Member

/s/ Ari Delay, Fire Chief, La Honda Fire Brigade

/s/ Anne Campbell, County Superintendent of Schools 

Arguments AGAINST

Why now?

In 2012 voters passed an increase in the sales tax which was to be a temporary tax increase until 2023.

But now, with seven more years of the term, the Board of Supervisors is asking for an extension of this temporary increase for an additional twenty years beyond 2023 to now end in 2043. This extension does not put any more money into the county's General Fund right now. So why is this being asked of the voters at this time?

The extension is being sold to voters as a way of possible helping the affordable housing crisis but again nothing changes until 2023 if the tax extension is passed. Measure A currently supports a variety of social programs but voters need to remember that a tax hike like this goes to the general fund and is not specifically earmarked.

If the county wants to help solve the affordable housing crisis, then why not put it in the form of a bond measure so a definite amount of funding can be designated? What is the rush to extend a temporary tax for another twenty (20) years? 

Per the County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year ending June 30, 2015:

 * As the local economy continues to grow, the County's financial conditions strengthen

 * The adopted budgets of FY 2015-2016 and FY 2016-2017 refocuses the County's efforts to address homelessness, foster care, education, and affordable housing.

There is no urgency to extend a temporary sales tax another twenty (20) years at this time. Give more time to evaluate the current process. Vote NO on extending what was to be a temporary sales tax increase.

/s/ Matt Grocott, Former Mayor, San Carlos

/s/ Jack Hickey, Sequoia Healthcare District Director

/s/ Michael Stogner, Victim's Advocate

/s/ Lisa Taner, Community Advocate

 

Replies to Arguments FOR

The argument in favor of Measure K is a gross misrepresentation.

* It will not provide any more funds for affordable housing than they're using now since it will take effect until 2024

* Sales tax revenue go to the general fund and use is prioritized by the Board of Supervisors

Temporary is becoming permanent! Measure K if passed does not go into effect until 2024, 7 years from now.

 * Measure A was originally sold as a TEMPORARY increase to the sales tax for a ten-year period

 * Adding another twenty years makes this permanent

 * Extending this tax to help towards affordable housing for seniors and more is just smoke and mirrors

 * Revenues remain the same

What is the real agenda behind this 20-year extension of a temporary sales tax increase?

 * How can the Board of Supervisors determine at this moment that extending the tax increase beyond 2023 to 2043 is even going to be necessary without further due process and evaluation?

 * Why the rush to extend this tax increase now?

 * Why won't the Board of Supervisors use a bond measure to specifically earmark funds for the prime purpose of affordable housing?

It's becoming too easy for lawmakers to resort to taxing as a solution to everything. Stop the false hopes to fixing something that cannot be fixed through a new tax that does NOT take effect until 2024.

VOTE NO on K because it makes NO sense. 

/s/ Linda Koelling, Former Foster City Mayor

/s/ Coralin Feierbach, Former Mayor Belmont

/s/ Vaughn Patterson, Retired Elementary Principal

/s/ Ross Butler, Retired Airline Pilot

/s/ Matt Grocott, Former Mayor San Carlos

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

The time to address San Mateo's County affordability crisis is now. Measure K allows us to do that - and much more -with NO increase in taxes.

When voters first approved additional funding in 2012, the great recession had cut critical services to the bone. San Mateo County addressed your priorities by restoring public safety and services for seniors, veterans, youth, and families. 

 * A new 911 dispatch center that improves emergency services.

 * Major improvements to mental health services for adults and teens

 * Expanded preschool programs so kids start school ready to learn

Today the cost of living in San Mateo County has skyrocketed and we cannot wait to address affordability - too many of our neighbors are being forced to move away or make impossible choices between housing and other necessities. Without raising taxes Measure K allows us to:

 * Provide affordable homes for seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, and working families, including teachers and first responders

 * Address impacts of climate change and sea level rise

 * Maintain the critical work started on public safety, health care, and parks improvements

By law, locally controlled Measure K funds cannot be taken away by the state. An independent oversight committee and annual audits will ensure that every penny is accounted for and spent locally on crucial San Mateo County services.

Join San Mateo County working families, seniors, businesses, affordable housing advocates, law enforcement officials, health care professionals, and your neighbors in voting YES on Measure K to promote affordability and protect our unique quality of life with NO new taxes.

/s/ Kim Griffin, RN, Registered Nurse at Children's Cardiology of the Bay Area

/s/ Lenny Mendoca, Owner, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

/s/ Stephanie Reyes, Deputy Director, Greenbelt Alliance

/s/ Warren Slocum, San Mateo County Supervisor

/s/ Gene Mullin, Former California State Assemblyman 

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