Contributing over one-third of the school district’s annual budget, Piedmont’s school support tax is the single most important reason our school system has been able to maintain a robust program in the face of ongoing state budget crises. Since 1985, Piedmont schools have benefited from stable local funding provided by our school parcel tax. The parcel tax automatically expires periodically. Piedmont voters reauthorized it in 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, and again in the Spring of 2013.
March 2013: 77% Voter Approval of School Support Tax Measure A
To prevent local school funding from expiring and to maintain the quality of Piedmont’s schools, to attract, train and retain qualified teachers; to protect programs in math, science and technology; to continue funding for music, visual and performing arts programs; and to keep textbooks and instructional technology up-to-date, shall the Piedmont Unified District continue to levy a special tax as specified in the voter pamphlet, with all funds staying in Piedmont to benefit our schools.
Measure A – what it does for the schools and why it’s needed
Piedmont schools are among the best in California. Exceptional teachers, challenging programs and support from parents and the community all contribute to high student achievement.
- Measure A provides nearly $9.5 million in annual funding for Piedmont schools – 30% of the school’s budget. This is equivalent to 100 teachers or 60 instructional days.
- Without Measure A, every classroom in Piedmont would be impacted. Teachers would be laid off, class sizes would increase, and many instructional programs would be eliminated.
- As required by court decision Measure A sets a uniform tax amount per parcel. In the past voters approved a yearly increase up to 5%. This measure caps the potential yearly increase to no more than 2%.
- Every penny from Measure A will stay in Piedmont to benefit our schools and cannot be taken away by the State. Measure A does not expand the educational program, but continues stable local funding for comprehensive programs in language arts, math, science and the arts.
- Measure A is essential to continue to attract, train and retain the best teachers.
- Measure A will keep class sizes smaller, preserve AP courses that help students qualify for excellent colleges, protect counseling services and maintain outstanding academic programs.
- Good schools help protect Piedmont property values. Whether you have children in the schools or not, Measure A is a sound investment in our community and its children.
Recent News: Sacramento Drops Plan to Block Property Tax Deductions. The Franchise Tax Board has abandoned its campaign to disallow Parcel Tax deductions for CA property owners. More… Read the latest information about homeowners’ ability to deduct parcel taxes. Although recently considering to disallow such deductions, Sacramento has declared that school parcel taxes will continue to be deductible.
2009 School Support Tax: Measures B & E
- Measure B (base tax) helped to fund our school district’s ability to attract and retain qualified teachers, maintain small class sizes and protect instructional programs and services, including art and music, foreign language, advanced placement, school libraries, classroom technology and student counseling. Measure B expired on June 30, 2014.
- Measure E (emergency tax) funds helped to offset the loss of state funds by providing emergency temporary local funding for three years. Measure E expired on June 30, 2012 and was not renewed.
School support tax measures require a two-thirds majority to pass. Both Piedmont measures received overwhelming support in the last election. 77.77% of voters voted ‘YES’ for Measure B and 72.73% voted ‘YES’ for Measure E.
Participate in Discussions about the School Support Tax
Budget Advisory Committee
School support taxes are among the resources considered in BAC meetings. Under the direction of the Superintendent, the Budget Advisory Committee reviews the financial health of the District’s General Fund budget (more…), shares information with constituent groups, and makes recommendations for Board consideration in the budget development process. Meetings are public and held 5-6 times per year in the District Office Board Room. Those interested in attending may contact Sandy Spiker in the Superintendent’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the PUSD website for a list of dates and times and more information.
Citizens Advisory Committee
Measure A, approved by the voters in March of 2013, required the establishment of a Citizens Advisory Committee, to provide an annual report to the Board: 1) confirming the amount of funds collected and expended from the proceeds of the special measures, 2) the status of the District programs supported by the taxes, 3) recommending the levy amount up to the maximum allowable for the subsequent year’s tax. More…
For more information, please visit the District website.
Questions? Please contact Assistant Superintendent for Business Services, Song Chin Bendib at (510) 594-2608 or email@example.com.