Measure T is the ballot question that asks voters to renew the parcel tax that supports public school students in West Contra Costa County. The measure continues the 7.2¢ per square foot of building area that is assessed to local property owners (with exemptions for senior citizens and disabled persons).
As it has since 2004, the parcel tax protects core academics like reading, writing, math, and science, attract and retain quality teachers, support science lab materials and activities, provide lower class sizes, and prepare students for college and the workforce.
The Board resolution and full text of Measure T outline the programs and services supported by the parcel tax. As with Measure G (2012), Measure D (2008) and Measure B (2004), the resources provided by the parcel tax protects core academics like reading, writing, math, and science, attract and retain quality teachers, support science lab materials and activities, provide lower class sizes, and prepare students for college and the workforce.
The proposed tax rate for Measure T is 7.2¢ per square foot of building area, the same rate it has been since 2004.
Our students need Measure T to fund vital programs and services that keep schools safe and clean, fund after school programs to keep them away from ganga and drugs, recruit and retain highly qualified teachers, provide lower class sizes for students in grades K-3, and prepare students for college and the workforce.
Without the $9.8 million the parcel tax brings in each year, the District will be forced to make cuts that will impact the classroom environment.
Measure T will provide approximately $9.8 million per year to support public school students in the District.
Expenditures from Measure T are montiored in several ways. First, the Board of Edcation has a fiduciary responsibility to ensure the finds are utilized for the purposes outlined in the ballot language. Second, the Board of Education in Board Policy 1221, has empowered the Citizens Oversight Committee for Parcel Taxes to "to ensure that tax funds are spent according to ballot measure language and to report annually to the Board and to the public regarding the expenditure of such monies."
The committee is responsible for preparing an annual report to the Board and reviewing the annual audit of parcel tax expenditures.
The District's bond funs are used to build schools; the parcel tax provides resources for programs and serviuces to support students. Legally, the two are not interchangeable.
Here is an easy way to remember the difference: B is for bonds (or building schools); P is for parcel tax (or programs that support students).