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:
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|
|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|
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.
View the Measure K Financial Summary with revenue, spending (including carryovers) variances and explanation of major variances.