Oakland Unified School District parcel tax, Measure L (November 2010)
If the tax had passed, 80% of proceeds from the tax would have been used to hike salaries by about 6% for teachers in the district. The average teacher salary in the district was $54,000 at the time of this election.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.
- These final, certified results are from the Alameda County elections office.
Overall tax burden
According to Chip Johnson, a columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle, "...if voters approve every tax measure sought by the city and the Oakland Unified School District this November, the average Oakland resident would have to pay an extra $627 a year. That would nearly double the local tax bill to about $1,400 a year."
The editorial board of the Oakland Tribune was in favor of a "yes" vote, saying, "Oakland school taxes are already high, but they are not in the same league as West Contra Costa and Berkeley. For that reason, and given the severe challenges the district faces, we support this measure, but with a warning: This should be it. Don't come back asking city residents to pay even more."
Measure L was endorsed by close to one hundred individuals, elected officials and organizations. See full list of endorsements.
The Oakland teachers union had adopted a position of neutrality toward Measure L.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure L: To offset severe state budget cuts, improve student achievement, help every child read at or above grade level, and prepare students for college and careers by retaining teachers, teachers’ aides, safety officers and other student support staff, shall Oakland Unified School District levy a tax of $195 per parcel annually for ten years, with low- income taxpayer exemptions, independent audits and citizens’ oversight, and no money for Sacramento or administrators’ salaries?|
- ABC Local, "OUSD votes to put parcel tax on ballot," July 30, 2010
- Oakland Tribune, "School district eyes $20 million parcel tax measure," July 27, 2010
- Inside Bay Area, "Oakland teachers union stays neutral on school tax; more on test scores," September 14, 2010
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland's last-minute tax measures a cop-out," July 30, 2010
- San Francisco Chronicle, "One Year Later: How will Oakland's fall election impact the city, OPD?," September 23, 2010
- Oakland Tribune, "Oakland Tribune editorial: Recommendations on school parcel taxes," September 23, 2010
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.