Parcel Tax Measure of 2016 Overview & FAQ
What is Measure T?Posted by Communications Department at 8/23/2016
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.
How will Measure T support students?Posted by Raechelle Forrest at 8/22/2016
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.
What is the proposed tax rate of Measure T?Posted by Raechelle Forrest at 8/21/2016
The proposed tax rate for Measure T is 7.2¢ per square foot of building area, the same rate it has been since 2004.
Why do we need Measure T?Posted by Raechelle Forrest at 8/16/2016
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.
How much money is provided by Measure T?Posted by Raechelle Forrest at 8/16/2016
Measure T will provide approximately $9.8 million per year to support public school students in the District.
How will expenditures from Measure T be monitored?Posted by Raechelle Forrest at 8/16/2016
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.
Why doesn't the District use its bond funds to replace the parcel tax?Posted by Marcus Walton at 8/1/2016
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).