Committee Makes Last Push for Parcel Tax

Redwood City residents will vote on June 5 to support a parcel tax to fund the elementary school district.

Though it won’t receive the same media attention as the November elections, but for school district supporters, the June 5 election is a momentous one. In an effort to pass Measure W, for the , the committee is organizing a phone bank today.

In the last nine years, the parcel tax committee has tried three times, unsuccessfully, to pass a parcel tax to generate additional funds for the Redwood City School District.

This time, the committee has organized hundreds of volunteers to spread the word about the necessity of an annual $67 tax for the next five years that would raise $1.7 million for reading, writing and math programs, school libraries and other uses. Measure W requires two-thirds voter approval to pass.

“Everywhere I drive, I see ‘Yes on Measure W’ lawn signs in all different neighborhoods,” said school board member Alisa MacAvoy of the 750 signs.

The Redwood City School District is the only district in the area that does not have an additional parcel tax. It is the only revenue limit district, meaning it relies on state funds in addition to property taxes, thats feed into the The others are all basic aid districts, which generate enough revenue from property taxes, and then some, to meet the state’s designated per pupil amount. Over these students’ K-8 careers, each student in neighboring districts will have approximately $90,000 more spent on them before they meet up in high school.

Unlike many taxes, every dollar of this local tax would stay within the school district and not to a larger pot that could funnel the tax dollars to other causes.


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Juana Martinez June 04, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I am voting against Measure W because I see every day what goes on in my school. I also know my landlord will be raising all of our rents if it passes. He is a fair and good man but should not be forced to pay for the incompetance of RCSD. If voters saw just a little bit of some of the student behavior at my school they would be shocked. The best teachers are seen as enemies. One was told she must not teach the children to think for themselves during a current event discussions! Her sin? Presenting the kids with both sides of issues. Please vote NO with me.
sergio fernandez June 04, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I have a small house off middlefeild. The $67 might seem little to people but for me it is not money I can spend. So I will vote no tomorrow and hope others will too.
J Marshall June 04, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I have my kids in a neighboring school district - I can't really comment on whether this is needed in Redwood City. I am surprised to find that my district is spending $10,000/year per student more than yours ($90,000/9 years). I have tried to pin down exactly how much is spent/student and have never been able to come up with an answer. I am pretty sure that $90,000 figure is an error. I am a little surprised no one noticed it or has questioned it.
Ana Corrales June 05, 2012 at 07:02 AM
My employer showed me where the gov is going to try to raise taxes. So I will vote no on meas. w today becuase it is one think I can control localy. I know many parents do not care about how thier kids act in school. It is free babysitting with free food thrown in if they fill out forms the right way even if mostly lies. I will keep my $67 dollers for my family.
Jack Hickey June 05, 2012 at 07:11 AM
Ana, thank you for your comment. You obviously do care about your family.


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