Last week, the Alameda Unified School District filed a response to a lawsuit filed against the district over a 7-year parcel tax ballot measure that passed in March. The filing was six days late, coming after the August 4th deadline.
The district’s response, a mere 7 pages long, asserts that the parcel tax structure, which provides a $7,999 annual cap for large properties, is legal. Attorneys for the district also argue, as they did in filing intended to dismiss the case without being heard, which was overruled on July 28th, that the plaintiffs have no standing to file the action.
Last week, the school district wrapped up the administration of two past parcel taxes, and prepared to deal with the new tax, which property owners can expect to see on their tax bills this fall. For most property owners, they will pay $0.32 per square foot of building area in their home or building per year. (Property owners with more than 24,997 square feet of building space are capped out at $7,999 per year, yielding a lower effective per-square-foot rate as their building size increases.)
The school district’s court filing is reproduced below. The case is expected to go to trial next month.