Measure K

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Owners of property located in the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District support local elementary schools through the payment of an annual parcel tax.  The District parcel tax is intended to protect math, science, reading, and writing programs; support school libraries; attract and retain qualified teachers; and maintain a well-rounded curriculum, including music and art.

The current parcel tax (Measure K) was approved by District voters on June 5, 2018, by a vote of 7,706 (67.51%) “Yes” to 3,709 (32.49%) “No.”  The Parcel Tax is set at a rate of $118 per year per parcel on taxable parcels in the District.

Prior to the passage of Measure K, the District had a previous parcel tax approved in 2013, Measure R, which continues through 2024-25.


Belmont-Redwood Shores School District (BRSSD) is an outstanding community of high-performing students, quality teachers and supportive families. We are dedicated to ensuring that every student has the tools they need to succeed.

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BRSSD had the highest ratings in all academic areas on California’s statewide tests last year and provides a well-rounded education for students through excellent academic curriculum and award-winning music, sports and robotics programs.

Despite BRSSD’s strong academic achievement, the District is facing future funding uncertainty. Over the last three years, the State has cut $5 million from our local Belmont and Redwood Shores schools.

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Local revenues have not kept pace with the 66% increase in enrollment over the past nine years and BRSSD’s per student funding is now below the already low state average and this gap continues to grow. BRSSD needs an additional, stable source of local revenue to continue providing a high-quality education and protect our schools from cuts to academic programs.

In order to address the District’s funding needs, the BRSSD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to place Measure K, a $118-per-year, 5-year parcel tax on the June 5, 2018 ballot. Measure K was approved by District voters on June 5, 2018. Measure K will raise $1.4 million annually to: 

  • Protect core academic programs in math, science and technology

  • Maintain a well-rounded curriculum, including art and music programs

  • Retain and attract qualified teachers

  • Protect reading and writing instruction

  • Keep school libraries open

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 650-620-2703 or email Superintendent Michael Milliken at mmilliken@brssd.org  

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How are our Belmont-Redwood Shores schools doing?

Belmont-Redwood Shores School District (BRSSD) is an outstanding community of high-performing students, quality teachers and supportive families. We are dedicated to ensuring that every student has the tools they need to succeed.

Our schools and programs focus on growing minds, building future leaders and sustaining learning environments that encourage innovation. BRSSD had the highest ratings in all academic areas on California’s statewide tests last year and provides a well-rounded education for students through excellent academic curriculum and award-winning music, sports and robotics programs.

What challenges do our BRSSD schools face?

Despite BRSSD’s strong academic achievement, the District is facing future funding uncertainty. Over the last three years, the State has cut $5 million from our local Belmont and Redwood Shores schools. Our District not only has the lowest state funding in the county but we are also 14th out of 17 elementary school districts in San Mateo County in total funding.

Additionally, local revenues have not kept pace with the 66% increase in enrollment over the past nine years and BRSSD’s per student funding is now $800 per student below the already low state average and this gap continues to grow. BRSSD needs an additional, stable source of local revenue to continue providing a high-quality education and protect our schools from cuts to academic programs.

How does BRSSD plan to address these challenges?

The State has been an unreliable partner in funding and BRSSD is looking for a local solution to close the funding gap. BRSSD is committed to efficient operations, including regular reviews of staffing and expenditures. We are focused on the District’s long-term financial health so our students are protected from program cuts and have the tools they need to succeed in college and career.

In order to address the District’s funding needs, the BRSSD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to place Measure K, a $118-per-year, 5-year parcel tax on the June 5, 2018 ballot.

What is funded by Measure K?

Measure K raises approximately $1.4 million annually to:

  • Protect core academic programs in math, science, technology, reading and writing
  • Maintain a well-rounded curriculum, including art and music programs
  • Retain and attract qualified teachers
  • Protect reading and writing instruction
  • Keep school libraries open

How do we know funds from Measure K are spent wisely?

Measure K includes mandatory fiscal accountability provisions:

  • All funds stay local for BRSSD schools and cannot be taken by the State
  • No money can be used for administrators’ salaries
  • An independent citizens’ oversight committee ensures funds are spent as promised
  • Senior citizens age 65 and older are eligible for an exemption from the cost of Measure K
  • Measure K expires in five years and cannot be renewed without voter approval

How much does Measure K cost?

Measure K costs $118 per parcel, per year. Measure K expires in five years and could not be renewed without voter approval.

Do all funds benefit our schools in BRSSD?

Yes. All funds are locally controlled and benefit BRSSD elementary and middle schools. No funding can be taken away by the State or used for other purposes.

I don’t have any kids in school. How does local education funding affect me?

The strength of our community reflects the strength of our schools. By preserving student success and protecting high-quality education, we help maintain high property values in our area, as demonstrated in the consistent flow of new families into our District.

Are seniors eligible for an exemption?

Yes. All homeowners 65 or older are eligible to receive an exemption from Measure K.

Do other school districts in our area rely on local funding to preserve academic achievement in their local schools?

Yes. Many similar, high-performing districts in San Mateo County depend on local parcel tax funding to support educational programs, including San Carlos School District ($246.60 per parcel per year) and Burlingame School District ($256 per parcel per year).

How can I learn more about our schools?

For more information please visit www.brssd.org or contact Superintendent Michael Milliken at mmilliken@brssd.org.