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Parcel Tax Measures A and B

Orinda USD Parcel Tax Overview

Measures A and B

On March 4, 2003, citizens of Orinda approved the Measure A in the amount of $385 per parcel. On March 3, 2009, the community supported measure B in the amount of $124 per parcel tax. 

The measures offset lack of state funding for Orinda USD and amount to about 12% of the total District annual revenue. Parcel taxes have proven crucial to the District's financial health. 

Measures A and B support Orinda K-12 schools in maintaining small class sizes, strong academic programs, libraries, technology and literacy support, retention and recruitment of high quality staff members. The depth and range of these programs have supported student achievement and preparation for success in high school and beyond. 

Parcel Tax Exemption for Low-Income Senior Citizen

The Orinda Union School District parcel taxes provide exemption for a low–income senior.

Exemption Eligibility (2023-24):

  • Age 65 or older as of July 1, 2023
  • The parcel must be your primary residence
  • Not to exceed the IRS Federal Adjusted Gross Income of all household members.  Please see this year's application for current Income Limits.  

Exemption applications must be filed by June 30, 2023.

Instructions and applications can be accessed below, or if it is preferred please call 925-258-6214 or send an email to be placed on the mailing list.

2023-24 Orinda USD Low Income Senior Exemption Form (PDF)

Measure Z Exemption

Measure Z on the March 7, 2023 ballot would provide locally controlled funding for Orinda schools to:

  • Attract and retain qualified and experienced teachers and school employees
  • Support quality academic programs in science, technology, engineering, reading, writing, arts, and music
  • Keep class sizes small

If approved by two-thirds of voters, Measure Z will cost property owners $295 per year. The measure automatically expires in seven years and cannot be renewed without voter approval.

To ensure the cost of Measure Z is not a burden to residents on fixed incomes, Measure Z provides an optional exemption for homeowners age 65 and over as well as low income homeowners with disabilities who qualify for SSI or SSDI benefits. To apply for an exemption please fill out the form linked below and return it to the address on the form by May 1.

Link to Senior Exemption Form       Link to SSI/SSDI Exemption Form

Parcel Tax Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee

As an additional accountability measure, the Board of Trustees will appoint or designate an independent oversight advisory committee of citizens to ensure that the special tax proceeds are spent for their authorized purposes, and to report annually to the Board of Trustees and the public regarding the expenditure of such funds. 

Parcel Tax Oversight Committee Bylaws Adopted 05-09-16
Parcel Tax Resolution 03-07 Measure A ($385.00)
Parcel Tax Resolution 09-06 Measure B ($124.00)