The Alameda Unified School District released its 2022-23 Parcel Tax Program Reports on January 24. The report provides details on revenues and expenditures for Measures B1 and A for that year, as well as an overview of the district's parcel tax program, details of the Oversight Committee's work and information on the resolution of the Measure A lawsuit.
Last year, Measure B1 (passed in 2016) provided $12.9 to AUSD. Those revenues were allocated to the 11 categories mandated in the measure, including: small K-3 class sizes; neighborhood schools; high school sports; art, music, drama, and media centers; AP courses; college and career counselors; and programs to close the achievement gap.
Measure A (passed in 2020) provided about $10.9 million last year. As mandated in that measure, AUSD used that revenue specifically to help attract and retain high-quality employees by raising salaries closer to the county average.
Together, the two measures provide nearly $24 million to AUSD annually, or about 20% of the district's budget.
"I remain deeply grateful to the Alameda community for their support of our students, our staff, and our educational programs," Superintendent Scuderi writes in his introduction. "At a time of ever-changing educational priorities and budgetary allocations at the federal and state level, having a stable source of funding at the local level allows us to plan and build stronger programs and attract and retain the high-quality teachers our students need and deserve."
The two measures have an identical structure, which the California Supreme Court found to be legal and valid last September.
The 37-page report also includes factual information on Measure E, a parcel tax that would combine and renew Measures B1 and A, without increasing taxes.
Both the staff and committee's reports were presented at the January 23 Board of Education meeting and are available on AUSD's Parcel Tax Program web page.