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May 7, 2018

Meddling kids

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

Quick break from THE REPORT to point out this bit of good news from the school district:

Superior Court Judge Iona Petrou has approved a stipulated judgment agreed to by the parties in a lawsuit that challenged the Alameda Unified School District’s (AUSD) Measure B1 parcel tax. The stipulated judgment preserves all of the approximately $12,000,000 in revenue that Measure B1 projects to generate for the district.

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Measure B1 taxes all parcels at a rate of $0.32 per building square foot up to a cap of $7999. The plaintiffs in the B1 lawsuit — Nelco, Inc., Santa Clara Investors II, and Edward Hirshberg — filed a lawsuit in December 2016 claiming that the parcel tax structure was not “uniform” because of the cap and because parcels without buildings would pay no tax.

The plaintiffs had argued a similar lack of uniformity in a lawsuit filed against Measure A soon after it was passed in 2011. AUSD won that case at the trial court level. Because Measure A was found valid, Judge Petrou found that Measure B1, which has a nearly identical structure, was also valid as an extension of Measure A. In order to bring Measure B1 into full alignment with Measure A, the stipulated judgment also requires that Measure B1 incorporate the $299 tax on unimproved parcels provided for by Measure A.

At what point do you think that some people grow fatigued of constantly being that dude at the end of every Scooby Doo episode?  Is it the third lawsuit or must it be the fourth or fifth.

4 Comments »

  1. Whoopee! Now the District has the $5.8 million to buy themselves a “permanent” office building instead of giving the lowest paid teachers in the Bay Area a raise.

    It is never good when the way a parcel tax is drafted invites a lawsuit by the opposition. AUSD puts their limited resources into wild schemes to make state level funding more equitable (already lost) while politicians like Bonta who represent our town, do nothing but focus on raising salaries for the Fire Department.

    Comment by Nowyouknow — May 7, 2018 @ 6:40 am

    • You’re mixing apples and oranges here.

      Parcel tax revenues can’t be used for facilities. The money for purchasing the District Office came from a capital facilities fund (and the purchase will save the district $200,000 per year).

      Moreover, the Board of Education and AUSD have made it very clear that they are committed to improving employee salaries. Indeed, they just cut $2.7 million in programs in order to do so.

      Comment by Susan Davis (AUSD Community Affairs) — May 7, 2018 @ 8:53 am

    • Nowyouknownothing, sounds better.

      Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — May 7, 2018 @ 5:31 pm

  2. Knock the “Nowyou” off and you’ve got the American Party otherwise known as the No Nothing party. Eventually morphed into the Republican Party.

    Comment by Jack — May 7, 2018 @ 6:55 pm


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