County Service Area No. 1 Special Mail Ballot ElectionCounty Service Area No. 1 Special Mail Ballot ElectionCounty Service Area No. 1 Special Mail Ballot ElectionCounty Service Area No. 1 Special Mail Ballot ElectionCounty Service Area No. 1 Special Mail Ballot ElectionCounty Service Area No. 1 Special Mail Ballot ElectionCounty Service Area No. 1 Special Mail Ballot Election

SVTA Voter Guide for San Mateo County

June 23, 2020 Election 

Our positions on San Mateo "Special" election: 

County Service Area No. 1 Special Mail Ballot Election - VOTE NO.

Ballot Argument Against $65 Parcel Tax for County Service Area 1 – Measure Q.

 

Measure Q is a $65 parcel tax that requires a 2/3 vote to pass.

Does this special election make any sense whatsoever?

According to the San Mateo County Assessors Office there are 1,440 parcels within this “special” district.

According to the resolution passed by the Board of Supervisors, this special election could cost up to $100,000 to conduit the election.

Does this math make any sense?

Let’s see:

Let’s divide the cost ($100,000) by the number of parcels (1,440) and we get $69.44 per parcel cost to hold the election.

Just to hold the election is going to cost $69.44 per parcel to raise $65 the first year.

Yes, it’s a parcel tax for 4 years, but that means the total cost of the election is going to be over 25% of all the revenues.

What a waste of taxpayers’ money!

What if this measure is defeated???

Are police and fire services going to be withheld from people living in the district?

The answer is an obvious no.

The responsible thing to do is vote NO on Measure Q and send a message to the San Mateo Board of Supervisors and tell them spending $100,000 to raise $93.600 in 2021 makes no sense.

Also, why wasn’t this election held in conjunction with the March 3rd election?

Or, why can’t this ballot measure wait until the Presidential election in November?

Another way to look at this election is the cost of the election divided by the number of voters (2,925) in the district or $34.19 per voter.

Lastly, the San Mateo County budget already includes a $12,210,547 reserve fund that could clearly cover the expenses of police and fire protection in the district.

Just say NO on Measure Q = Quit raising taxes.








© 2020, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association | P.O. Box 2091, Cupertino, CA 95015-2091 | www.SVTaxpayers.org | 408-279-5000
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software