Measures

The Berkeley School Board has placed three measures on the March 3, 2020 ballot.  Passage of all three measures is critical to the continued success of our excellent public schools.

Berkeley Public Schools Educator Recruitment and Retention Act of 2020 (BERRA) - MEASURE E

  • Expected to fund a 7 percent pay increase for classified staff and teachers.
  • BUSD’s pay levels are below average among East Bay school districts, and this measure will bring BUSD close to average.
  • A parcel tax of $0.124 per square foot on buildings, and $25/parcel on empty parcels, for 12 years.
  • Tax amounts to about $186 dollars per year for an average 1,500 square foot house.
  • Estimated revenue: $9.5 million annually.
  • Annual cost-of-living adjustments, low income exemptions, and independent citizen and auditor oversight.
  • Requires 66.7% vote to pass
  • Click HERE for full text of the measure.

Berkeley Public Schools Facilities Safety and Maintenance Act of 2020 - MEASURE H

  • Continues unchanged the District’s existing work on schools maintenance.
  • Renewal of the maintenance tax (Measure H) that was first passed in 2000 and renewed in 2010
  • Funds the ongoing maintenance of BUSD facilities - meaning staff pay, equipment and supplies.
  • A parcel tax of $0.091 per square foot of buildings.
  • Estimated revenue: $7.3 million annually.
  • Includes annual cost of living adjustments, exemptions for low income seniors and independent citizen and auditor oversight.
  • Requires 66.7% vote to pass
  • Click HERE for full text of the measure.

General Obligation Bond Measure - MEASURE G

  • Continues the District’s existing pace of remodeling and improving school facilities, safety, technology, laboratories, classrooms, theaters, access, etc.
  • Continues the District's bond program begun in 1992, and supported by voters again in 2000 and 2010.
  • In 2004, the district agreed to a maximum amount per $100,000 in assessed valuation, and that amount has never been exceeded. The amount charged any homeowner or commercial property owner varies per year, but is always under this amount, sometimes significantly so.
  • Total Bond Authorization: will raise up to approximately $380,000,000
  • Independent citizen and auditor oversight.
  • Requires 55% vote to pass
  • Click HERE for full text of the measure.