Breaking: $67 Parcel Tax Measure Passes

Redwood City passed Measure W to provide Redwood City School District with additional funds from a parcel tax.

Update June 5, 11:44 p.m.: Measure W has passed with 69 percent of the vote, more than the necessary two-thirds vote.


Measure W, a , has elicited passionate debate amongst its supporters and opponents. Today, Redwood City residents will learn the fate of the fourth parcel tax residents have tried to pass in the last nine years.

The is the only district that feeds into the that does not have a supplemental parcel tax. The Redwood City School District  received $4,972 pupil in 2011-2012 while the Woodside Elementary District received $18,894 in 2009-2010, the latest data available.

Patch will be updating the votes as they come in.


Vote County Percentage Yes


69.0% No 3,681 31.0%

On Saturday, the Redwood City Community for Better Schools, the committee supporting Measure W, organized hundreds of volunteers at for a last push to remind supporters to vote today.

However, many opponents to the measure more taxes cannot solve all the district’s problems and that they are concerned there won’t be enough transparency regarding how the money is spent.


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residentwithopinions June 05, 2012 at 02:09 PM
At first I was against it, then I thought if this money could help improve our schools, it would increase most residential property values. I know too many people looking to or have already moved to San Carlos or Belmont and out of RWC because the schools aren't the best here. Let's change that Prop W!
John Foley June 05, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Money will NOT improve ANYthing in the RCSD until the remnants/dregs/debris of the past "fired?" superintendent are removed. Money will not raise morale. Money will not improve the abysmal homework turn in rate of less than 50% in many classes. Money will not bring back even a lowly yard duty supervisor who positively influenced at risk kids but was ordered to apologize to a VP for something she/he never did. Money is not the problem.
residentwithopinions June 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Well then the media has again brainwashed me...it seemed pretty clear in the pamphlet with the pros and cons that this money was to be used ONLY by RWC not the county...?
Jessica Staddon June 05, 2012 at 06:02 PM
That's my understanding too and I agree with you about the potential for increased property values. If we ever move out of Redwood City it will be to a community with parcel tax support.
Judi Mahoney June 05, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Money to this district will not raise property valuations. Take a look at the clientele. Many of the families who attend the schools use them for free babysitting and nothing more. You can throw all the money you want at this district. But until they raise their standards IN the classroom by supporting the teachers, nothing will change. How many children (non Hispanic) transferred out of Henry Ford due to bullying by the majority group?
Mecala June 06, 2012 at 06:52 AM
Congratulations Redwood City Schools!
Judi Mahoney June 06, 2012 at 07:17 AM
Now let's see who they choose for the little special committee! And it is guaranteed they will NOT ever let this sunset. You have been duped and played! Lol!!!
Sharon Levin June 06, 2012 at 08:07 AM
Woo hoo! It is about time! Congrats to all who worked so hard on this campaign! I am very proud that this was the first election my daughter could vote in and she voted YES on W!
mrb June 07, 2012 at 12:32 AM
It is about time!!!!! to bad it took so long ...My son just gradutes from HS this week. Hopefully it will help our future students
Georgia Jack June 07, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Mrb: I am right there with you. I worked for this measure as I did the previous two, even though my oldest, who was in 5th grade the first time, is now a graduating senior, and my youngest is now leaving the RCSD for high school. I am pleased to be able to support those who come after, including our other relatives. Our kids deserve this and more.
residentwithopinions June 07, 2012 at 04:07 AM
@Judi Mahoney, I want to know more about the issues at Henry Ford. How does a parent find out the "word on the street?" I live near Sequoia and see the kind of students who walk to school from school from the other side of Jefferson in their baggy black jeans and big white shirts size XXXL and it scares me a bit. I don't know any parents of older children in the RWC schools and I have a friend with a 2 year old who is in the Henry Ford district who is probably not aware of the bullying.
Terry Jacobs June 07, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I would suggest to Ms.Mahoney that she volunteer to serve on the citizens oversight committee on how Measure W revenue will be spent. Terry in RWC
Buck Shaw June 07, 2012 at 04:43 PM
“It won’t solve every problem but it will go a super long way to help out our kids,” said Redwood City School District board trustee Shelly Masur. Is she all ready asking for More ??
Eric Hagnere June 14, 2012 at 05:40 PM
You canons fill a bucket with A hole in it, law of physiscs


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