ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, my colleagues and I on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will hold a Measure A Priorities Study Session. The purpose of that agenda item is to review the list of some 371 requests for funding and provide the County Manager with policy guidelines and specific recommendations.
Measure A was approved by the voters in November 2012 and provides for a 10-year, one-half cent sales tax increased in San Mateo County. It won by approximately 65 percent of the vote.
While original estimates suggested that the measure would generate around $60 million a year in new revenue, experience shows that the tax measure generates $80 million per year. The monies generated through Measure A did not have a designated purpose but monies were to be used to fill in service gaps and it was suggested that it could help fund programs dealing with child abuse, fire prevention, park operations, health care and other county efforts, for example.
View the Measure A Board of Supervisors study session material here (includes a recommended funding chart created by county staff. I anticipate that this material will be hotly debated by the members).
For background, the video below is a Measure A Information Session Introduction that was held for interested community groups seeking funding.