San Mateo/Foster City Elementary School District $298 Parcel Tax: Argument Against Measure V

With this latest “temporary” parcel tax, the San Mateo/Foster City Elementary School District claims they need a tax increase to continue providing quality education.

The district failed to get voter approval in 2017 for a $209.92 parcel tax, and now they want an increase to $298 per year for most homeowners.

Have they earned this extension that will cost you over $2,682 over the next 9 years (on top of the taxes you are already paying)?

Let’s look at the student performances in two key subjects:

  • 2016-17 students not meeting English literacy standards: 40.1%
  • 2016-17 students not meeting Math literacy standards: 45.1%

The District rewarded parents and taxpayers for the passage of the 2010 parcel tax by increasing the number of students who failed to meet English & Math standards!

Source: California Department of Education Data Partnership

Should you, the voters, reward the district for dropping scores in 2 key subjects?

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

The School District is spending $11,358 per student per year (ADA) with a student/teacher ratio of 21 to 1.  That’s $238,518 per classroom per year.  Yet, they want more of your hard earned money to pad their salaries and fat pension plans.

The 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 is really just an empty promise.  Do not be fooled.

Tell the School Board to be fiscally responsible by voting NO on_Measure_V.

If you reward failure, you will get more failure!

Just say NO to Measure V.

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