Measure E, which would have added a parcel tax ($91 per parcel) for Redwood City property owners with revenues directed to city schools, failed at the ballot box this week. It required a 2/3 majority to pass, and had only 62% in favor. There were about 10,000 votes cast in this election, roughly 30% 23% of the registered voters in Redwood City. Another 400 “yes” votes would have changed the outcome.
So, a reasonable measure that would have brought needed relief to Redwood City’s challenged schools failed even though it was favored by a nearly 2-1 margin. The super-majority requirement for tax related measures has to change. Bring on the Constitutional Convention.