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School Bond Tax Rates Compared to Northern Alameda County School Districts

I recently posted School Bond Tax Rates by School District in Contra Costa County to show just how ridiculously out of line our West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) school bond tax rate at $232/$100K assessed value is, even before adding on the proposed new Measure E (Nov. 2012) bond to jack the rate up to $280/$100K. A commenter suggested looking at districts with more seismic issues, so I collected information on northern Alameda County school districts like Berkeley.

Here are my results for the last billing cycle displayed as a table and a Tableau-generated chart. We are still way out of line before Measure E passes.

School DistrictTax Rate
West Contra Costa$232.20
Albany$164.50
Piedmont$153.40
Berkeley$147.80
Oakland$130.50
Emeryville$66.60
AVERAGE$132.56
MEDIAN$147.80

How I Got This

I didn’t have access to a County Auditor list of ad valorem (per assessed value) tax rates like I did for Contra Costa. Luckily, all of these school districts are unified and have the same boundaries as their cities, so I just used Google Maps to zoom in and find homes in the different cities. I then got an address and looked up the last property tax bill using the search page. Tedious, but it works.

Categories: WCCUSD

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2 Comments

  1. Charley Cowens

    September 19, 2012 — 12:34 pm

    A quick methodological note: Later, I did find online the document that collects together the tax rate information for Alameda County. It’s a 347-page PDF at http://www.acgov.org/auditor/tax/2011-12TaxRateBook.pdf.

  2. This warrants an explanation from the CBOC and school board and district staff. I am forwarding this to reporter on WCCUSD issues, Rick Radin.

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