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Measure G Local Funding

Funding for Teachers & High-Quality Academics

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Albany Unified School District (AUSD) schools are ranked among the best in the State thanks to high-quality teachers and innovative academic programs. Parents and community members alike tell us that AUSD schools help to improve the quality of life in our community and protect the value of our homes.

Locally Controlled School Funding Set to Expire
For over 30 years, AUSD voters have authorized locally controlled parcel tax funding for Albany’s schools, but a portion of this funding is set to expire soon, which would result in deep cuts to academic programs. The AUSD Board of Trustees has placed a measure on the March 2024 ballot to renew this funding at the new rate of 55¢ per building square foot and $25 per unimproved parcel, until ended by voters.

Funding Teachers and Academic Programs
Measure G would replace and expand the sunsetting parcel tax, Measure B (approved by voters in 2020). Our schools rely on parcel tax funding to attract quality teachers and support core academics. In a job market with major teacher shortages, this measure would help the District provide competitive compensation to keep quality teachers local.

Specifically, funding from this potential measure could continue to be used to:
  • Attract and retain exceptional teachers and counselors
  • Protect science, math, arts, reading, and language instruction
  • Support music, art, and theater programs
  • Maintain small class sizes
 
Local Costs Are Pricing Out Our Teachers
We live in one of the most expensive places in the nation, making it hard for AUSD teachers to live close enough to work here. Additional funding would allow AUSD to pay a competitive wage, helping reduce the District's turnover rate and keeping quality teachers and staff in local schools.

Fiscal Accountability and Local Control
Any potential local funding measure would continue to include the same strict fiscal accountability
requirements as past measures, including:
  • All proceeds would be controlled locally and could not be taken away by the State;
  • None of the money raised could be used for administrators’ salaries or pensions;
  • Independent citizens’ oversight and mandatory annual audits would help ensure funds are
    spent as voters intended;
  • Senior citizen and low-income homeowners would continue to be eligible for an exemption from the tax.