School bonds, sales tax among measures passed in San Mateo County

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A breakdown of what San Mateo County propositions passed and failed in the 2012 election.

Measure A: PASS

SALES TAX: County voters approved a measure that increases the sales tax throughout San Mateo County. The measure will increase the sales tax by half a cent for the next 10 years and will help fund child abuse protections, 911 dispatch, fire prevention, and after-school library and homework programs, among other county services.

Measure B: PASS

DISTRICT ELECTIONS: Voters in San Mateo County will now be able to choose supervisors specifically by district instead of countywide at-large elections. A majority of voters agreed to do away with at-large elections, in which all voters can cast a ballot for each of the five districts in the county. 

Measure C: FAIL

APPOINTED CONTROLLER: The controller for San Mateo County will continue to be chosen by voters after a measure seeking to change the position to an appointed one failed at the polls.

Measure D: PASS

SCHOOL BOND: The Burlingame School District will have an additional $56 million with which to upgrade and renovate classrooms thanks to the approval of a bond measure. More than 55 percent of voters approved the school district funding Tuesday. The $56 million bond will allow the district to upgrade classrooms to meet safety standards and renovate heating systems. The measure needed the support of 55 percent of voters.

Measure E: PASS

SCHOOL BOND: The Jefferson Union High School District will be able to continue its renovations of classrooms and schools with the help of a $41.9 million bond. On Tuesday, the bond measure was approved by more than 55 percent of voters, the threshold necessary for passage.

Measure F: FAIL

LIBRARY: Voters in Atherton denied a plan to replace the library with a new facility. Fifty-five percent of votes were needed to approve the proposal, which would have replaced the main structure and some sidewalk and patio improvements, opting instead to retain the existing facility.

Measure G: FAIL

PARCEL TAX: A parcel tax to support the San Bruno Park School District did not garner the needed two-thirds support of voters. As a result, the district will not receive money from a $199-per-parcel tax for the next five years to offset state cuts.

Measure H: PASS

SCHOOL BOND: The San Carlos School District will receive an extra $72 million in bond money to help repair, improve and equip school computer and science labs, among other classrooms, after voters supported the bond measure with more than 55 percent of votes.

Measure I: PASS

SMALL HEAD: A $67.5 million bond to help the Jefferson Elementary School District give students safe, modern classrooms was approved by voters Tuesday. The bond is designed to repair roofs, upgrade science labs and enhance security throughout the district.

Measure J: PASS

SALES TAX: Voters in Half Moon Bay approved a sales tax Tuesday to fund the town’s library, street maintenance and senior services. The half-cent general sales tax, which will expire after three years, was supported by a majority of the town’s voters.

Measure K: PASS</h3>

HOTEL TAX: A measure to increase Menlo Park’s transit occupancy tax from 10 percent to 12 percent was approved by the majority of voters Tuesday. The tax increase starts in January and will help the city pay for library and police services, among other programs.

Measure L: PASS

TOWN CENTER: Citizens of Atherton want a new town center, but hope that private donations could be identified to pay for it. This measure, approved by a majority of voters, tells the city administration it wants a new town center but requires officials to use private funding instead of any public money.

Measure M: PASS

BASEBALL FIELD: Atherton will see improvements to baseball fields in Holbrook-Palmer Park using private funds after a majority of voters approved a measure to do so. Improvements to the spectator seating, the play area for children and new restrooms will be made to the park and be completed by the Menlo-Atherton Little League.

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