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WCCUSD School Bond Tax Rates Compared to Local School Districts (2014 Edition)

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WCCUSD does excel at one thing!

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:

  1. Point your browser to the county document center: http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/documentcenterii.asp.
  2. Open the folder for “Auditor-Controller”.
  3. Click on “Property Tax Publications”.
  4. Open the PDF file, “Detail of Tax Rates 2013-14”.
  5. Turn to page 3.

For Alameda County:

  1. Point your browser to the “Debt Service Tax Rates by District Type” page: https://www.acgov.org/auditor/tax/debtservicesearch.htm
  2. 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.

 

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.

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