Your ballot will not mention the increase. Measure W is a temporary, $67 per parcel, school parcel tax that was approved by local voters on June 5, 2012.
Measure U asks "shall the Redwood City Elementary School District renew its educational parcel tax at $85"? Folks, this is deliberate DECEPTION! And, their contract with TBWB continues that deception as they publicize the virtues of the old Measure W on their website, in informational fact sheets to be distributed at school sites and school functions, included in email updates and added to newsletters, in PowerPoint presentations for school and community meetings and in mailings to educate, inform and engage voters. See: Web Link
FORMAL NOTICE OF SPECIAL TAX ELECTION
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the qualified electors of the Redwood City Elementary School District of San Mateo County, California, that in accordance with the provisions of the Education Code, the Elections Code, and the Government Code of the State of California, an election will be held on November 8, 2016, for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors of the District the proposition summarized as follows:
Elementary Education Improvement and Student Achievement Measure
To maintain quality education for local elementary and middle school students, with funds that cannot be taken by the State, enhance reading, writing, math, and science skills; attract and retain qualified teachers; and support arts and music programs; shall the Redwood City Elementary School District renew its educational parcel tax at $85, providing $1,900,000 annually for 14 years, exempting seniors, with independent citizen oversight, annual reports to the community, no money for administrators and all money benefitting local schools?