Parcel Tax Information
Looking Ahead- Opportunity to Renew Expiring Local Funding
For almost 20 years, LVJUSD schools have relied upon locally-controlled school funding approved by our community to retain quality teachers and core academic programs. This funding is now set to automatically expire in July 2022. If this local funding expires, LVJUSD will lose approximately $4 million in annual revenue. Cuts of this magnitude would force our District to re-evaluate budget expenditures that could result in increased class sizes, reduced educational course options and fewer teaching positions.
In order to maintain the quality of education in LVJUSD schools and prevent cuts to programs and teachers, the LVJUSD Board of Education is considering placing a local parcel tax renewal measure on the May 2022 special election ballot. The measure would extend, but not increase, the current annual tax rate of $138 per parcel for 7 years, and provide a stable, dedicated source of local funding to:
- Provide elementary science and TK-12 technology specialists
- Attract and retain highly qualified teachers
- Maintain academic achievement in math, science, reading, writing, engineering and technology
- Keep classroom technology and instructional materials up to date
- Maintain small class sizes
Fiscal Accountability Would Continue to Be Required
- All money raised by this measure would continue to be controlled locally and only go to LVJUSD schools
- No funds could be taken away by the State
- None of the money raised could be used for administrators’ salaries
- The measure would require independent citizen oversight, annual audits, and reports to the community to ensure the District uses the funds as promised
- Senior citizens over the age of 65 would continue to be eligible for an exemption from the cost of the measure
We Want to Hear from You
We appreciate our community and we want to hear from you. If you have any questions or feedback about school district funding or a potential parcel tax renewal measure please reach out. For any financial questions or inquiries about parcel tax senior exemptions, please contact Susan Kinder, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, email@example.com. For any questions about academic programs, please contact Melissa Theide, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Parcel Tax- Measure G
The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District School Board placed the ballot measure, Measure G, before voters in the June 3, 2014 election. The renewal of this parcel tax continues critical funding to Livermore public schools, which began in 2004 with Measure D and followed with Measure M in 2010. With a 2/3 vote needed to pass for an additional seven years, voters showed up at the polls and passed Measure G with a landslide 72.41%. All Livermore students in grades K-12 benefit from this reliable source of funding, which is locally controlled and monitored by an Independent Oversight Committee. The flat assessment per parcel tax of $138 per year, with exemptions for citizens aged over 65, provides critical funding for:
• Advanced courses in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM);
• Attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers (lower class sizes);
• Elementary school science and technology specialists;
• Keeping our schools safe and well-maintained; and
• Up-to-date instructional materials and comprehensive curricular programs.
Superintendent Kelly Bowers states, “I believe Measure G passed because our community places a high value on providing a quality public education for all of our students. Our informed community realizes that State funding sources are often unreliable and inequitable compared to other districts, and that local investment in schools provides a vital safety net, while ensuring funds are earmarked and used for unique local priorities. Livermore voters understand our responsibility to do all that we can to provide our students with every advantage and opportunity to graduate with the skills necessary to contribute and thrive in the 21st century. Community partnerships and supports are integral components of our formula for student success (Great students + Great schools = Great Community). We are fortunate and grateful that Livermore voters have re-affirmed their commitment to education of our youth, with the successful passage of Measure G.”
This current parcel tax commenced on July 1, 2015 and remains in effect for seven (7) fiscal years, concluding on June 30, 2022.