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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
Special District

Brisbane Elementary School District
Measure L - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results


1,457 votes yes (72.09%)

564 votes no (27.91%)

Parcel Tax
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To support academic excellence with funding the State cannot take away; fund school libraries; improve educational programs; hire/retain qualified teachers and staff; and improve student access to modern technology, shall Brisbane School District reauthorize the existing local school parcel tax, at the rate of $166 per year, for eight years, exempting senior citizens, no funds for administrators' salaries, an estimated amount of $591,460 raised annually and all funds spent to support local schools?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The California Constitution and State law authorizes school districts to levy qualified special taxes for specified purposes. Government Code Sections 50077 and 50079 provide that such a tax measure passes if two-thirds of those voting on it vote to approve the measure.

The Brisbane School District ("District") currently has an annual parcel tax of $156 per parcel adopted in 2012 that will expire June 30, 2018. By this Measure, the District's Board of Trustees proposes to renew the special tax on parcels in the District and increase the tax by $10 annually to raise funds to support various educational purposes outlined below. If this Measure is approved, an annual tax of $166 per parcel would be imposed starting July 1, 2018, for a period of eight years with the tax ending June 30, 2026. The District estimates $591,460 would be raised annually by the renewed tax. 

The proposed tax applies to any unit of real property which lies wholly or partially in the District that receives a separate property tax bill from San Mateo County tax collection officials. Parcels otherwise exempt from such property taxes will be exempt from this proposed tax. Under the law, any individual owning and occupying a parcel as a single-family residence may apply for an exemption to the tax if they also: (1) are age 65 years old or older; (2) receive Supplemental Security Income for a disability, regardless of age; or (3) receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, and have an annual income not exceeding 250% of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines. Parcels presently exempt from the District's expiring parcel tax are automatically exempt from the proposed tax under this Measure. 

The stated purposes of the parcel tax are to fund: school libraries, educational programs; hiring and retaining qualified teachers and staff; and improving student access to computers and modern technology. 

The proceeds of the tax shall only be used for the stated purposes and for no other purposes.

The District will provide the following additional accountability measures for the tax proceeds: the proceeds will be placed into a special account; and an annual report accounting for the proceeds collected and expended and the status of projects or programs funded by the tax will be filed with the District's Board of Trustees. Also, the District's appropriations limit shall be increased annually if necessary to ensure revenue from the tax may be spent for the listed purposes. 

A "Yes" vote on this measure would impose an annual tax of $166 per taxable parcel on property within the District for a period of eight years beginning July 1, 2018, for the purposes listed above. 

A "No" vote on this measure would not allow the parcel tax to be levied, with the existing annual parcel of $156 per parcel expiring without replacement on June 30, 2017.

This measure passes if two-thirds of those voting on the measure vote "yes." 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Brisbane Elementary School, Panorama Elementary, and Lipman Middle School make up the three schools of the Brisbane School District. Exceptional schools are an important asset to our community and should remain our number one priority. In 2012, a parcel tax was passed to close a deficit in our budget ensuring quality education in our schools. This parcel tax is up for renewal. If passed, we will be able to preserve the quality education currently offered in our district.

Although it has improved, state funding continues to be unpredictable and by itself is not enough to maintain our current level of education. Measure L would cost property owners $166 per year for 8 years and bring approximately $591,000,000 to our district annually. These funds would continue to employ teachers and staff, maintain our library aides and keep our district current with technology. None of the money raised would be used for administration. Without passage, the quality education currently offered in our district would be impacted.

SENIOR CITIZENS WHO OWN THE PROPERTY ON WHICH THEY RESIDE WITHIN THE DISTRICT WILL BE EXEMPTED UPON REQUEST. Seniors who have an exemption for the existing parcel tax will automatically be exempted from the renewal tax.

We are continually thankful for the support of our community for our children and schools. Because parcel taxes require a super majority, every vote counts. Please support our schools and our future by voting Yes for Measure L. 


/s/ W. Clarke Conway, Citizen

/s/ Elisa Sun, Principal

/s/ Roxana Hui

/s/ Daniel Vigil

/s/ Rachel Ennis 

Arguments AGAINST

With this latest "temporary" parcel tax, Brisbane School District claims they need more money to contine providing quality education.

The district not only wants the 2013 parcel tax for 10 years they're already getting, they want an increase of $118 per year more for 5 years. And that's on top of 2 bond measures of $48M and $25M funded since 2010.

Have they earned this extension that will cost you $1,328 over the next 8 years (on top of the property taxes you are already paying)?

Let's look at the student test scores for Math learners achieving proficiency.

2015-16 school year results: 52% meeting proficiency.

That means 48% do NOT meet standards.

Source: California Department of Education Data Partnership

If you got 52% on a test, that would be an F grade, would it not?

Should you, the voters, reward a 48% failure rate with more money?

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

Brisbane School District is already spending $17,019 per student compared to the statewide average of $11,431. That 149% above the average. For an average class size of 26 students, that's $442,494 per class per year.

The average salary and benefits for teachers is $92,347 per shortened work 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 the parcel tax can be used for administation expenses without limits. So that is really an empty promise. Do not be fooled.

Tell the Brisbane School District Board to be fiscally responsible by voting NO on Measure L.

If you reward failure, you will get more failure.

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/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association

/s/ Harland Harrison, Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County 

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