Last week, Alamedans for Fair Taxation announced that it would campaign against the parcel tax recently approved for the March 8th, 2011 ballot by the Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees. The group, through Committee Against Measure E, defeated the district’s last attempt at a parcel tax in June of this year.
Since the defeat of Measure E, the group assembled its own detailed database of some 20,000 parcels in Alameda, and drew on that to develop alternative parcel tax structures which it proposed to the school district, alternatives that they say the district ignored. Action Alameda News published the group’s alternative proposals alongside the school district’s proposals here.
In a statement, Ed Hirshberg, spokesperson for Alamedans for Fair Taxation (AFT) said, “Instead of removing the tax cap on big businesses operating in Alameda, AUSD actually lowered the cap by 16%, from $9,500 in the current tax to $7,999 in this new proposal. Because of the cap, properties like Alameda Towne Centre, which host several national retail chains and generates around $100 million per year in retail sales, will be taxed at the rate of roughly 1 penny per square foot, while the average homeowner and small business owner in Alameda will pay a much higher rate of 32 cents per square foot. 32 to 1 simply isn’t fair.” AFT has set up a campaign website on Facebook.
Depending on how one interprets the vote count for Measure E, which is complicated by the 2/3rds supermajority requirement, that measure was defeated by either 250 or 687 votes.