Potential Parcel Tax Measure

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.

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 is considering a $118-per-year, 5-year parcel tax for the June 2018 ballot. A local funding measure would 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

Community input will be invaluable as we consider a potential local funding measure. We hope that you will make your voice heard and let us know what you think.
 

We Welcome Your Input

The Board of Trustees invites you to share your thoughts and input via phone call, email, or in person:

  • Call us at 650-620-2703
  • Email Superintendent Michael Milliken at mmilliken@brssd.org  
  • Attend an upcoming school board meeting on February 8 or March 8, 2018.  Meetings begin at 6:15pm in the District Office's boardroom, 2960 Hallmark Drive, Belmont
     

Additional Information


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. 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 is currently considering a local funding measure for the June 2018 ballot.

What would be funded by a potential measure?

A local funding measure would 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

How do we know funds from a local funding measure would be spent wisely?

A measure would include mandatory fiscal accountability provisions:

  • All funds would stay local for BRSSD schools and could not be taken by the State
  • No money could be used for administrators’ salaries
  • An independent citizens’ oversight committee would ensure funds are spent as promised
  • Senior citizens age 65 and older would be eligible for an exemption from the cost of the measure
  • The measure would expire in five years and could not be renewed without voter approval

How much would the local funding measure cost?

A local funding measure would cost $118 per parcel, per year. The measure would expire in five years and could not be renewed without voter approval.

Would all funds benefit our schools in BRSSD?

Yes. All funds would be locally controlled and would benefit BRSSD elementary and middle schools. No funding could 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.

Would seniors be eligible for an exemption?

Yes. All homeowners 65 or older would continue to be eligible to receive an exemption from the measure.

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). Right now we are slightly below the average parcel tax rate in San Mateo County. With this potential measure, we would be slightly above average.

When would I be able to vote on this measure?

Though no final decisions have been made, the Board of Trustees is considering placing a measure on the ballot in the June 5, 2018 election. All registered voters living in Belmont-Redwood Shores School District would be eligible to vote on this measure.

What level of support would the measure need to pass?

This measure would need to be supported by 66.7% of those who vote on it in order to pass.

How can I register to vote or learn more about voting?

You can register to vote at www.registertovote.ca.gov. To find out more about voting, please contact the San Mateo County Registrar of Voters at (650) 312-5222 or visit www.ShapeTheFuture.org.

How can I learn more about our schools?

For more information or to provide your input on a potential local funding measure, please visit www.brssd.org or contact Superintendent Michael Milliken at mmilliken@brssd.org.