Financial Summary

Measure K is a countywide half-cent sales tax extension passed by local voters in November 2016 to support essential County services and to maintain or replace critical facilities.It is also known as the “San Mateo County Critical Services Measure.” This page is intended to provide you with key financial information on revenues and expenditures. You will also find annual audits from the Controller's Office.

How much revenue does Measure K raise?

Revenues are as follows:

Fiscal Year Amount
2012-13 $4,397,205
2013-14 $75,577,548
2014-15 $80,598,111
2015-16 $79,888,971
2016-17 $83,033,888
2017-18 $89,602,981
2018-19 $98,604,386
2019-20 $94,078,776

Note: a half-cent sales tax adds 10 cents to a taxable purchase of $20. The additional tax on a $100 taxable purchase is 50 cents.

Prescription drugs and most groceries are exempt from sales tax.

What are the expenditures?

Category FY 2013-14 FY 2014-15 FY 2015-16 FY 2016-17 FY 2017-18  FY 2018-19 FY 2019-20
Public Safety $228,119 $1,285,944 $4,511,842 $8,030,731 $13,526,145 $33,653,264 $14,645,131 
Health and Mental Health $11,357,884 $13,588,188 $2,071,031 $5,878,153 $11,538,359 $5,600,113 $5,965,617 
Youth and Education $2,034,153 $4,657,981 $7,707,190 $9,848,136 $16,666,482 $17,105,593 $12,878,528
Housing and Homelessness $2,105,830 $1,656,064 $5,329,043 $17,124,988 $19,331,031 $24,283,097 $21,349,860
Parks and Environment $281,331 $2,924,610 $2,307,862 $2,992,735 $2,321,755 $3,868,171 $9,058,079
Older Adults and Veterans Services   $228,074 $2,137,474 $2,814,243 $2,742,400 $2,905,249 $3,233,278
Community Services $7,386,592 $12,055,345 $20,017,342 $10,455,720 $20,043,590 $12,462,300 $8,206,941
District Specific/Discretionary/Loans       $1,055,009 $2,247,098 $2,722,469 $7,069,937
Totals $24,113,909 $36,396,204 $44,081,784 $58,199,715 $88,416,871 $102,600,256 $82,407,371 

Note: Initiatives funded by Measure K are placed in a category (Public Safety, Parks and Environment, for example) for ease of tracking and to help determine community impact. District Specific/Discretionary refers to expenditures recommended by a member of the Board of Supervisors (and approved by the full Board) to meet unanticipated or unmet community needs.

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