What is Measure W?
How much revenue will Measure W generate?
Measure W will generate approximately $1.5 million per year for five years that will go to K-8 schools in the Redwood City School District and cannot be taken away by the state.
How much will the parcel tax cost and for how long?
Measure W will cost residential and commercial property owners $67 per parcel, per year for five years. An exemption may be granted to senior citizens and persons receiving Supplemental Security Income for a disability, regardless of age. The parcel tax cannot be extended or changed without a vote of the people.
What was the Measure W ballot question?
The Ballot Question is an abbreviated summary of the ballot measure stated in question format. For Measure W, it read:
To improve local elementary and middle school education for all students with funds that cannot be taken by the State, enhance reading, writing, math,and science skills; attract and retain qualified teachers; and support school libraries; shall the Redwood City Elementary School District levy an educational parcel tax of $67 annually for five years only, exempting seniors,with independent citizen oversight, annual reports to the community, no money for administrators’ salaries, and all money benefiting local schools?
Will Measure W apply to businesses and residences?
Yes, both commercial and residential property will be subject to assessment.
Can senior citizens receive an exemption?
Yes. Senior citizens can fill out a one-time exemption application and return to the District Office: Senior Citizen exemption application.
Are any other exemptions available?
Yes, persons receiving Supplemental Security Income for a disability, regardless of age, are also eligible for an exemption: SSI exemption application.
Do parents also support local schools with donations?
Yes—parents and local community members work tirelessly to raise funds to pay for music, art and enrichment programs in Redwood City schools. The Redwood City Education Foundation raised about $500,000 in 2011-12, and local PTA’s and parent organizations also raise money at each school.
Does the District apply for grants?
Yes, the District is supported by grants from local foundations and corporations that pay for a wide variety of programs including wellness initiatives, summer school, math and science, literacy and more.
Where can I find more information on the district’s budget and finances?
The district’s website contains a wealth of information about the budget: www.rcsdk8.net/budget. An extensive Frequently Asked Questions about thebudget is available at www.rcsdk8.net/budgetqa.