Measure G and H Parcel Taxes

Measure G & H – November 5, 2019

Measure G

Renewing Local Funding for Piedmont Schools

On March 5, 2013, citizens approved the current School Support Tax, which is in effect until June 30, 2021. Measure A superseded and replaced the Measure B Parcel Tax, which was set to expire on June 30, 2014. Measure A was a renewal of Measure B and maintained Piedmont’s excellent quality of public education by attracting, training and retaining qualified teachers, maintaining small class sizes, and protecting instructional programs and services, including art and music, world language, advanced placement, school libraries, classroom technology and student counseling. The depth and range of these programs have supported student achievement and preparation for success after graduation. Student achievement scores rank among the best in the State and students are admitted to, and successful at, excellent colleges and universities. Parcel taxes have proven crucial to the District’s financial health, currently providing over a third of total District revenues.

Supporting Academic Excellence in Local Schools

This source of funding is set to expire next year, and without renewal, our schools will lose approximately $10,414,176 annually to support Piedmont schools.

Measure G will be used to:

  • Continue to attract, train, and retain high-quality teachers and educational support staff
  • Protect instructional programs and services, including art and music, world language, advanced placement, school libraries, classroom technology and student counseling.
  • Maintain small class sizes

Measure H

Uniform rate of $0.25 per square foot of building improvements per year and shall be levied against each parcel of taxable land located wholly or partially within the boundaries of the District. Passage of Measure H would result in an additional $2.6 million to the Piedmont schools. Importantly, the entire community would share the burden of an increased tax (although larger properties would pay more and smaller properties less – $139 per year for the smallest residential parcel).

Measures H will be used to:

  • Provide additional local revenue that cannot be taken by the State and will maintain Piedmont’s excellent quality of public education by attracting and retaining high quality teachers and educational support staff.

 

Fiscal Accountability Provisions of  Measures G and H

  • All funds raised by the measure would continue to be controlled locally
  • All funds would go to our local schools and could not be taken away by the state
  • The measure would require independent citizen oversight to continue to ensure the funds are spent as promised

Exemption for Qualifying Senior Homeowners and SSI Recipient Homeowners

  • If approved by the voters of Piedmont, under provisions of the Parcel Tax Measure, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients, regardless of age, who own and occupy the property may apply for an exemption from paying the annual parcel assessment. More detailed instructions and qualifications are available on the Measure G Parcel Tax Senior and SSI Exemption Forms listed below.
    SSI Recipient Exemption Form

 

Memorandum of Understanding Between PUSD and the Association of Piedmont Teachers (APT) and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Regarding the Use of Measure H Funds

At the October 23, 2019 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding to help clarify how Measure H funds would be applied toward attracting and retaining highly qualified staff. 

Compensation strategies, by law, must be negotiated between the Board of Education and the respective unions.  The following Memorandum of Understanding was developed in partnership with district staff, APT, and CSEA leadership to help provide clarity and structure during negotiations if Measure H is approved.

“If voters approve Measure H, all revenues from Measure H will be directed towards compensation strategies such as salary increases, additional contributions to the Health Benefits Cap, changes to Step and Column (including additional stipends for degrees and certificates), additional longevity and one-time salary increases for certificated and classified employees, as determined through collective bargaining. Contracted administrators are excluded.  This does not preclude each bargaining unit from negotiating for additional compensation from other revenues.”

Both APT and CSEA have publicly endorsed Measures G & H.

 

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Please provide your feedback and let us know if you have any comments or questions by contacting the Superintendent’s office at (510) 594-2614  or rbooker@piedmont.k12.ca.us .

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