In order to help ensure a stable funding source for Alameda schools while maintaining quality education, AUSD is actively exploring options to renew our local parcel tax funding.
Currently, the District relies on two existing revenue sources to support quality schools and attract and retain excellent teachers.
- Expires June 2025
12 $13 Million in revenue
- Expires June 2027
10 $11 Million in revenue
Together the two measures provide 20 percent of AUSD’s annual budget.
While no final decisions have been made, the District is considering a measure that would consolidate these two funding sources into a single measure. This potential measure could continue to provide locally controlled funding to help AUSD maintain quality schools by:
- Sustaining strong academic programs in reading, writing, math, arts, and sciences
- Attracting and retaining high-quality teachers by keeping salary and benefits competitive
- Supporting teachers and counselors in keeping struggling students on the right track
- Protecting art, music, and performing arts programs
Without this funding the district would have to make major cuts in areas ranging from employee salaries, support personnel, district office staff, and number of schools operating across the district.
Today, staff is sharing proposed ballot language for a parcel tax measure to be placed on the March 2024 ballot. Staff will bring the proposed ballot language back on November 14th for action.
If the Board approves ballot language on November 14th, staff will submit the approval ballot language to the County by December 8, 2023 to qualify for the March 5, 2024 election.
If the measure passes, all funds would continue to be controlled locally and could not be taken away by the State, and as with the current parcel taxes, there would be independent citizens’ oversight and mandatory annual audits required. In addition, senior citizen homeowners and those receiving SSI would continue to be eligible for an exemption.