A Parcel Tax Must Be Equally Applied
California First District Court of Appeal ruled against a parcel tax measure that voters approved in Alameda California. The tax imposed a different tax on different types of property.
California state law requires parcel taxes to be uniform for any parcel with the exception of property owned by seniors or the disabled.
In response to the ruling and a lawsuit filed earlier this year against it, the San Leandro School District Board this week voted to amend the parcel tax rates approved by voters in November in response the courts ruling.
Voters had approved a measure which imposed different tax rates for different types of parcels. The School Board voted to impose the lesser $39 flat tax for every parcel, which will result in a revenue shortfall over five years of approximately $8.14 million.
West Contra Costa Unified and several other districts in the state face lawsuits for similar nonuniform parcel taxes that voters approved.