FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Issued By: Superintendent Sean McPhetridge (510) 337-7060 and
Board President Solana Henneberry (510) 337-7187
Measure B1 Passes
Extension of parcel tax ensures $12 million annually for AUSD
Alameda, Calif. — November 9, 2016 — Measure B1 – an extension of an existing parcel tax that benefits AUSD schools – passed by a super majority last night, preliminary results show. The measure, which extends without increasing the popular Measure A parcel tax, received 73.9% of the total votes cast. It needed 67% of the votes to pass.
Approved in 2011 by 68.01% of Alamedans who voted, Measure A raises $12 million per year for popular programs in AUSD, including neighborhood schools, small class sizes in grades K-3, innovative programs, counselors, visual and performing arts, athletics, AP courses, programs to close the achievement gap, and attracting and retaining excellent teachers. The measure sunsets in June 2018. Residents and business owners both pay up to .32 cents per building square foot, up to a cap of $7999.00.
Measure B1 will pay for the same programs using the same rate structure. It will begin in June 2018 (after Measure A sunsets) and extend through June 2025.
“I am so grateful to the Alameda community for once again stepping up to support our public schools,” said Superintendent McPhetridge. “This is the highest percentage of yes votes we have ever received for a parcel tax. The programs and people for which this parcel tax pays are crucial to the success of our students, our employees, our families, and our community. We could not do what we do without this support of our local community.”
Added Board of Education President Solana Henneberry, “I am astonished and pleased at this clear mandate from our community. And I am incredibly grateful to the many volunteers who poured time and effort into this campaign. We all know how hard it is to pass a parcel tax. You fought for what is right, and your efforts will preserve valued programs for years to come. Thank you.”
Board of Education, Propositions
Jennifer Williams, Gray Harris, and Ardella Dailey won the three open seats on the Board of Education. “I would like to congratulate all three,” McPhetridge said, “and extend my gratitude to outgoing Board Members Hu and Kahn for their service to our district and our community.” Said Henneberry, “I welcome our new board members and look forward to working with them over the coming years.”
Earlier this fall, the Board of Education also passed resolutions in support of state propositions 51 (authorizing facility bonds for schools), 55 (extending the 2012 income and sales tax increase), and 58 (repealing English-only education programs). Voters approved all three of those propositions last night. “We see these victories as victories for education funding and education inclusiveness,” Henneberry said.
Added McPhetridge, “We are seeing a mandate at the state level to adequately fund education in California, and while we have much more yet to do to get there, I am optimistic that we as a people will continue to see children, families, and educators prioritized in years to come.”
Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) serves more than 9600 students in Alameda, California, an island community in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit the AUSD website, follow @AUSDNews on Twitter, or subscribe to our email communications. Questions? Contact Susan Davis, Senior Manager, Community Affairs, at email@example.com.