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.

Ongoing and One-Time Allocations

Each year, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors invests funds from the local Measure K sales tax on local needs. Our Budget, Policy and Performance Unit  tracks these investments as one-time allocations or as ongoing allocations.

One-time allocations are typically capital and infrastructure projects. These initiatives may span several budget cycles but are considered "one-time" as they are for a fixed project.

Ongoing allocations are typically for initiatives that span multiple years and require hiring additional staff or entering into long-term contracts with community-based partners. Examples include boosting services for children in foster care and creating an ongoing task force that investigates and prosecutes elder abuse. 

The following highlights budgeted one-time vs. ongoing allocations for the current 2018-19 fiscal year. Scroll or click on the left panel to advance the display.