Two years ago, before the passage of the measure E (2012) bond, I posted twice comparing the school bond property tax rate in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) to other districts in Contra Costa County and then to districts in northern Alameda County. Measure E (2012) passed.
Now, it’s two years later, and I get to show again how far out of wack we are as a district even before the new proposed measure H (2014) bond would pass. I’ll update things to be nicer, but, in the meantime, here’s a link to the Google spreadsheet with the rates:
Finding the Numbers
This time it was easier for me to find the tax rates. For Contra Costa County:
- Point your browser to the county document center: http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/documentcenterii.asp.
- Open the folder for “Auditor-Controller”.
- Click on “Property Tax Publications”.
- Open the PDF file, “Detail of Tax Rates 2013-14”.
- Turn to page 3.
For Alameda County:
- Point your browser to the “Debt Service Tax Rates by District Type” page: https://www.acgov.org/auditor/tax/debtservicesearch.htm
- Choose “K-12 School Districts”, make sure “2013-2014” is one of the compare years, and click the Search button.
What Can You Do?
One thing you can do is e-mail the school board and ask them if they are even aware of just how much WCCUSD pays for school bonds as taxes compared to other school districts–before this new one. This is a “mailto:” link for all of them.