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AUSD Wraps up Old Parcel Taxes, Prepares to Administer New Tax

Tonight, the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) will wrap up two past local parcel taxes, and make preparations to implement a new, 7-year parcel tax approved by voters this past March.

On the agenda is a final expenditure report of Measure A (passed by voters in 2005) and Measure H (2008), which, combined generated $7.7 million in funding for the school district annually.

Those measures have been replaced by a new tax, also called “Measure A” (passed in March, 2011), which will generate $12 million per year, for 7 years, or $84 million.

According to the closeout report, reproduced below, roughly $3 million of $3.2 million in Measure A (2005) funds in the past 2010-2011 fiscal year went to teacher salaries.

Of the $4.4 million in Measure H (2008) funds, $150,000 went to “school site instructional supplies” and $120,000 went to support AUSD-run swim centers.

Also, tonight, the school district board will ratify an agreement, worth just under $40,000 plus incidental expenses, with SCI Consulting Group, of Fairfield, CA, to administer the new parcel tax worth from 2011 to 2014.

According to the agreement, SCI will provide “services related to the determination, levy and collection of parcel tax revenues and management of exemptions.”

SCI Consulting Group was hired by the District last year to provide detailed parcel data to the District upon which to base the new parcel tax structure. Despite repeated requests for the data under the California Public Records Act, the school district never made the data available.

Both Measures A (2011) and H (2008) are the subject of ongoing litigation in California courts.

AUSD Final Measure A, Measure H Expenditure Report boe_080911_f2

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