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Special District

San Mateo-Foster City School District
Measure Y Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required

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Shall the San Mateo-Foster City School District renew its quality education parcel tax?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Quality San Mateo and Foster City schools need your YES vote for Schools - vote YES on Y!

Measure Y is NOT a new tax. It simply continues existing, voter-approved education funding for another 9 years. Measure Y won't increase the tax rate you currently pay.

Measure Y funds will continue to be locally controlled. Every penny benefits local elementary and middle school students. The state cannot touch any of this money.

When current voter-approved funds expire in June, our elementary and middle schools will lose $7,000,000 annually - reducing our ability to maintain academic programs and attract and retain quality teachers - vote YES for schools and teachers!

Yes on Y maintains and protects quality, core academic programs including science, technology, math, reading, and writing programs that help prepare students for high school and future success.

Yes on Y renews funding to attract and retain high quality teachers and educational staff by supporting critical educational programs.

Yes on Y supports art, drama, music, and other specialized programs and maintains school library hours, keeping them open, and accessible to all students.

Yes on Y continues strong fiscal accountability guarantees, including independent citizens' oversight and annual audits. By law, NO money can be used for administrator salaries, benefits, or pensions.

Yes on Y continues senior exemptions. Currently exempt seniors who are age 65+ will continue to be exempt. Seniors without a current exemption who qualify can receive a exemption.

Yes on Y doesn't increase anyone's existing tax rate.

Join Supervisor Carole Groom, a unanimous school board, teachers, parents, PTA leaders, education advocates, San Mateo and Foster City taxpayers - vote YES for Schools: Protect & Maintain Quality Education!

For information about Measure Y, visit  For mail ballot information,


/s/ State Senator Jerry Hill

/s/ Chelsea Bonini, School Board President

/s/ Remee Vargas, PTA Council President

/s/ George Trubow, 44 Year San Mateo Taxpayer

/s/ Audrey Ng, School Board member 

— San Mateo County Office of Elections

Arguments AGAINST

With this latest "temporary" parcel tax, the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District claims they need more money to continue providing quality education.

The district not only wants to extend the 2010 parcel tax for another 9 years, they want an increase from $180.85 to $209.92 per year, now and then automatic increases every year thereafter.

Have they earned this extesion that will cost you almost $2,000 over the next 9 years (on top of the taxes you are already paying)? 

Let's look at the student test scores for English learners attaining English proficiency:

 2011-12 school year results: 68% meeting proficiency

 2014-15 school year results: 57% meeting proficiency

The District rewarded parents and taxpayers for the passage of the 2010 parcel tax by dropping English proficiency rates by 11%.

Source: California Department of Education Data Partnership

If you got 57% of the answers right on a test, that would be an F grade, would it not?

Should you, the voters reward a 43% failure rate with more money?

If no, we encourage you to vote NO on Measure Y.

The statewide average expense per student is $9,633 per year. San Mateo-Fostery City Elementary School District is already $9,573 or 99% of statewide average. Yet they want more of your hard earned money to pad their salaries and fat pension plans.

This measure says that none of the funds will be used for administration. But funds generated separately from this parcel tax can be used for administration expenses without limits. So that really is an empty promise. Don't be fooled.

Tell the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District Board to be fiscally responsible by voting NO on Measure Y.

If you reward failure, you will get more failure.

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— San Mateo County Office of Elections
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