Alamedans for Fair Taxation, a local advocacy group consisting of business and property owners, have announced that they plan to develop and publicize a new school parcel tax of their own based on principles the group supports.
In a statement, Ed Hirshberg, a member of the working committee developing a proposed structure and rate, said, “We’ve always said we want to support the schools, but we insist that the tax be fair and uniform across all taxpayers, and not subject the local business community to predatory taxation, as past tax measures have done. By structuring the tax ourselves, and taking it to the public ourselves, we think we can come up with something that a two-thirds majority of voters will approve.” Hirshberg was the Treasurer for Committee Against Measure E, a political action committee that opposed Measure E, which was defeated last month in a special vote-by-mail election. Since then, the Alameda Unified School District has said that they plan to bring forth another parcel tax measure, probably next spring.
Alamedans for Fair Taxation (AFT) has also sued AUSD over Measure H, the 2008 parcel tax that implemented a “split-roll” tax structure; the group says that split-roll structure is unfair and taxes property owners at different rates of taxation. Several weeks ago, the trial court issued a decision in favor of the school district, but the group has said they plan to appeal.
Finally, AFT said that they are interviewing potential candidates to support in this November’s Alameda Unified School District Board of Education Trustees election. Two seats on the school board are up for grabs this year.