Voters around San Mateo County will be asked to open up their pocketbooks to improve libraries, schools and municipal services when they vote in special elections today.
The special election features two library bond measures in Millbrae and San Bruno, a school bond measure in the Sequoia Union High School District, a special tax in the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District and a special property tax to fund municipal services in Atherton.
The only measure on the ballot that doesn't ask voters for money is a San Bruno initiative, Measure E, which would set height limits for redevelopment projects on a 20-acre piece of former U.S. Naval property on El Camino Real.
Little opposition has been expressed to bond measures that would help fund the construction of new libraries in Millbrae and San Bruno. Each must win a two-thirds majority to take effect.
Although Proposition 39, which passed last November, allows school bond measures to pass with only a 55 percent majority if they are placed on the ballot in a general election, the Redwood City-based Sequoia Union High School District board members chose to put Measure A on the ballot during this special election in hopes of gathering the required two-thirds majority.
The measure asks voters for permission to issue $88 million in bonds to fund school building improvements including asbestos removal, seismic improvements and other repairs, as well as construction of classrooms, labs and other facilities.
The Belmont-Redwood Shores School District, on the other hand, has chosen to ask for a special parcel tax of $184 a year to be imposed for 10 years, with exemptions available for those over the age of 65. Measure B would fund improvements in academic programs and teachers' salaries with the tax funds.<