BART passengers can already expect to pay more for fares and parking in the near future, but for the transit agency to meet its colossal long-range needs regional voters likely will need to approve tax increases. Read More
This coming November, San Franciscans will have the opportunity to vote on a measure that may ultimately lead to the draining and restoration of the Hetch Hetchy Valley and force The City to look elsewhere for most of its water. Read More
If City College of San Francisco’s efforts to pass a parcel tax in November pay off, eliminated classes could be restored and campuses would remain open.
The $79-a-year parcel tax, known as Proposition A, would raise $17 million annually for eight years for the struggling institution. Read More
Voters in the Brisbane Elementary School District on Tuesday were close to rejecting a $156 annual parcel tax that school officials say would have closed a $500,000 budget deficit.
Because the measure involved a tax, it was required to pass by two-thirds of the vote. With 1,218 votes cast, 65.7 percent voted for Measure Q, falling short of the threshold. Read More
MEASURE A: PASSSan Carlos voters approved Tuesday a renewal of the $110-per-year parcel tax that supports the city’s four elementary schools. Measure A extends for another eight years a parcel tax that generates about $1 million annually for the San Carlos School District. Superintendent Craig Baker has said the tax, first passed in 2003, will help cushion the 3,200-student district from expected state education cuts. Read More
MEASURE C: FAILFor a second time in six months, the Jefferson Union High School District failed to win approval from voters for a new parcel tax that would have generated about $3.5 million per year. Residents in Daly City, Brisbane, Colma and Pacifica rejected Measure C, a $96-per-year tax that would have lasted for four years. The measure needed a two-thirds majority to win. The 5,000-student district narrowly failed to pass an identical tax in November. Read More
The arts will stay in Brisbane.
In a special election Tuesday night, 68 percent of voters in the small town of 3,600 approved a measure extending and raising a parcel tax for local schools.
Beginning July 1, the tax will increase from $96 per year to $119 per year. It has been extended through 2016.
The approval means music and arts programs threatened with cuts will stay in the district schools. Read More
A political research firm hired by the San Carlos School District has been working the phones this week to gauge whether residents are willing to stick with a parcel tax that brings in $1 million annually for local schools.
The district is hoping to convince voters to renew the 7-year-old Measure D parcel tax, which costs property owners $110 a year, before it expires in June. Read More
A five-year tax on parcels in the Cabrillo Unified School District was approved Tuesday.
Measure E will collect $150 per parcel for the next five years to support efforts to increase student achievement and test scores in math, science, reading and writing. Read More
At the Jan. 9, 2008, ceremony where he was sworn in as mayor for a second term, Gavin Newsom announced, “We will create baby savings bonds to deposit $500 for every new resident born in our city.”
The baby-bond money would be used to pay for college or first-time homeownership. That initiative never made it out of the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee, mostly because, in 2008, San Francisco’s deficit was about $350 million. Read More