Supporters of Measures S and T, a renewal of the Atherton parcel tax on the Nov. 3 ballot, raised more than $10,000 as of Oct. 17. With the addition of Councilman James Dobbie, the financial supporters now include all five members of the City Council.
In the finance report filed Oct. 22, campaign treasurers Richard Moore and Douglas Devivo reported receiving $5,759 in contributions between Sept. 20 and Oct. 17, bringing the Yes on S and T campaign's total to $10,533. The biggest expenditure reported by the group is $2,540 for newspaper advertisements.
The biggest contributions made during the most recent campaign finance filing period are from Mindy Rogers, a retired Atherton resident, and Jeffrey Wise, an inventor, who each gave $500.
Other top donors are: Councilman James Dobbie, $300; Robert O'Donnell of Capital Research & Management, $250; Bernard Ross, an engineer, $200; Joseph Comartin, retired, $200; and Jonathan Venverloh, a senior manager at Google, $200. The parcel tax is an annual assessment that costs most Atherton homeowners $750, unchanged from the current rate. The proceeds fund infrastructure improvements as well as town general fund expenses such as police and employee salaries. It generated about $1.86 million last year.
Measure S renews the tax at the existing rate. Measure T allows the town to raise its appropriation limit to spend revenue from the tax.
Measure S, the four-year renewal of the parcel tax, requires approval by two-thirds of the voters to pass. Measure T needs a simple majority: at least 50 percent of voters plus one.