School Parcel Tax

Since the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, the community has conducted a series of successful annual fundraising campaigns to save school programs threatened by cutbacks in state funds.  Recognizing that the community could not sustain annual fundraising campaigns forever, The community identified the school parcel tax authorization as a means for Piedmont to maintain a measure of local control to preserve excellence in Piedmont’s public schools. In 1985, the first parcel tax was passed. To date, Piedmont residents have approved Parcel Taxes eight times to preserve and maintain important educational programs and services in the schools.

Parcel Tax Rates for 2014-15

Measure A, the school support tax measure passed by Piedmont voters in March, 2013, provided for the creation of the School Support Tax Advisory Subcommittee. The subcommittee, which is composed of Piedmont property owners, serves in an advisory capacity to the School Board to review and project the financial needs of the District with respect to the levy of the School Support Tax and to recommend a levy amount for the subsequent year’s tax. The Board of Education  reviewed the Report of the Subcommittee and  Recommendations for Levying for Fiscal Year 2014-15 and Review of Fiscal Year 2013-14 at their February 12, 2014 meeting.

At their regular Board meeting of March 26, 2014, the Board of Education will discuss the levying of Measure A for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014. In compliance with Government Code Section 6061 and ballot language, the Board will hold a public hearing and take action on the taxes at the Board meeting of April 9, 2014.

Parcel Tax Rates for 2013-14

On December 11, 2012, the Board of Education adopted Resolution 10-2012-13 which called for a School Parcel Tax election for Measure A and established the tax rate for Measure A at the levy rate of $2,406 per parcel for fiscal year 2013-14, to be assessed as of July 1, 2013.

Resolution 10-2012-13 established a School Support Tax Advisory Subcommittee that reviews School Support Tax uses and reports to the Board of Education at a public hearing held each year to determine the subsequent year’s levy.

Parcel Taxes adopted March 5, 2013 (Measure A)

On March 5, 2013, citizens approved the 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 Measure A superseded and replaced the Measure B Parcel Tax, which was set to expire on June 30, 2014.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 will maintain 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.

Earlier parcel taxes had a tax rate that varied relative to the size of the parcel. However, due to a recent decision in the California court of Appeals, Borikas v. Alameda Unified School District, Measure A provides for a uniform flat tax rate that applies to every property, and is in effect for eight years, beginning July 1, 2013 and ending on June 30, 2021. Measure A allows for a annual increase in the levy rate of no more than 2% above the previous rate.

Parcel Tax Rates for 2012-13

On April 17, 2012, the Board of Education adopted Resolution 10-2011-12 establishing the amount of Measure B tax to be raised and the levy rate per parcel for fiscal Year 2012-13, to be assessed as of July 1, 2012.

Parcel Taxes adopted June 2, 2009

On June 7, 2005, citizens approved a two-part Parcel Tax, which is in effect for four years beginning July 1, 2006. School Measure B on residents’ property tax statements provides funds for partial support for special academic instructional programs and services, smaller class sizes, technology, and maintenance services commensurate with an excellent educational program.

• Measure B (Maintenance of Local Funding for Piedmont Schools)

Measure B establishes a parcel tax to run for four years (2010-2011 through 2013-2014).  It is designed to combine and continue the two measures adopted in 2005 (Measure B and C) and scheduled to expire on June 30, 2010 (Piedmont typically votes on new parcel taxes one year before an existing one expires, to allow planning time should the new tax fail).  As stated in the text of Measure B, its purpose is:

“To prevent existing school funding from expiring and maintain Piedmont’s excellent quality of public education by attracting and retaining qualified teachers, maintaining small class sizes and protecting instructional programs and services, including art and music, foreign language, advanced placement, school libraries, classroom technology and student counseling…”

Measure B provides for a parcel tax that varies with parcel size and use.  The Board of education sets the levy amount each year.  Annual revenues for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 are $8,145,000, and the Board has the authority to raise annual levies by as much as 5 percent above the pervious year’s levy, in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.  As an accountability measure, Measure B provides for the creation of a Citizens Advisory Committee, appointed by the Board, to provide an annual report confirming the collection and expenditure of parcel tax funds and the status of the District programs supported by the taxes, and recommending whether the Board should levy up to the maximum allowable tax in the next fiscal year.

Measure B was approved by 78.4% of votes cast.

• Measure E (Temporary Local Funding to Offset Loss of State Funds)

Measure E establishes a parcel tax to run for three years (2009-2010 through 2011-2012).  It is designed

“To offset the loss of State funds by providing emergency temporary local funding … to avoid teacher and staff layoffs, protect programs and services including music, foreign language, library and counseling, and prevent other cutes to core academic programs and services…”

Measure E provides for a parcel tax that varies with parcel size and use (average $249 per parcel) for three fiscal years 7/1/09 through 6/30/12, up to a maximum of $997,000 per year.  The Board has authority to levy up this amount, in a year in which state funding has not returned to pre cut-back levels (the text of the ballot measure provides a technical standard for this revenue threshold “The District will not levy this tax if Piedmont Unified School District’s State Revenue Limit is projected to be funded with a zero deficit factor as listed in School Services’ “Dartboard” annually in January after the Governor’s Budget is released.”) .  As an accountability measure, Measure E also provides for the creation of a Citizens Advisory Committee, appointed by the Board, to provide an annual report confirming the collection and expenditure of parcel tax funds and recommending whether the Board should levy up to the maximum allowable tax in the next fiscal year.

Measure E was approved by 73.2% of votes cast.

Parcel Taxes adopted June 7, 2005

On June 7, 2005, citizens approved a two-part Parcel Tax, which was to be in effect for four years beginning July 1, 2006. School Measure B on residents’ property tax statements provides funds for partial support for special academic instructional programs and services, smaller class sizes, technology, and maintenance services commensurate with an excellent educational program.

  • Maintain Class Size Reduction Programs in grades K-3
  • Maintain below the State class size average in grades 4-12 to target current class size
  • Elementary classroom instructional aides
  • Reading resource and music specialists at the elementary schools
  • Diverse curriculum and elective opportunities at the middle school level
  • Seven class program offering at the high school including electives and advanced placement courses
  • Core library and counseling services in grades K-12
  • Advisors, directors and coaches for extra-curricular activities
  • Support for technology including personnel, training, software, and equipment purchase and maintenance
  • Maintenance of all school district facilities and grounds

School Measure C provides additional funds to maintain the quality of Piedmont’s public education and to prevent further reductions in current special academic instructional programs including advanced placement, foreign language, fine arts, library and counseling services, technology upgrades, and to continue to provide competitive compensation, professional training and curriculum improvements.

 

Revised 2-5-14

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