AUSD to Return Parcel Taxes

A group of commercial property owners filed the lawsuit Borikas et al. v. Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) in 2008. The plaintiffs told the court that because Measure H levied different charges on residential and commercial property owners, it was illegal under state law. The trial court sided with AUSD, but the California Court of Appeal declared a portion of the tax rate that applied to commercial properties partly invalid.

AUSD has created a process for commercial property owners to apply for Measure H refunds.

Tax refunds are granted for four years. The deadline for eligible commercial property owners to submit claims for a refund is four years from the date of payment. Measure H was in effect from 2008 to 2011, which means those who paid property taxes in late 2010 and/or 2011 should file for a refund as soon as possible.

Forms must be completed to receive a refund and are available on the AUSD website. Only commercial property owners who paid more than $120 per year in Measure H taxes are eligible.

Property owners who contacted AUSD about a refund but have not yet filed a form will receive a refund dating back to their original contact date, but they still must file an application.

Find out more by visiting the AUSD website at www.alameda.k12.ca.us.