By Mike McMahon
The passage of the on Tuesday has not provided any more certainty for the Alameda Unified School District when it comes to planning for revenues from the state.
Despite the assertions in the media that Governor Jerry Brown has eliminated gimmicks in the state budgeting process, there is still plenty room for concern.
First, the $4 billion of newly found state revenues comes with question marks. The biggest concern for Alameda Unified is the possibility of mid-year budget cuts if those projected revenues do not materialize.
Under the worst case, if the state gets $0 to $2 billion of the anticipated revenue, the state will impose as much as $1.9 billion in additional cuts, proportionate to revenues. Alameda could lose over a million dollars in ongoing revenue.
Second, under the majority-vote budget, the state will shift $5.6 billion in taxes to local governments to pay for various services. By sending that money to counties, the budget diverts $2 billion away from schools. Alameda Unified stands to lose close to $2 million of ongoing revenue. As a result, Alameda Unified could lose over $3 million of ongoing revenues.
It is clear that until the economy recovers and/or California voters pass new taxes, Alameda Unified will have rely on funds to maintain programs for Alameda's children.
The longest-serving Alameda Unified School Board trustee currently on the board, Mike McMahon blogs about issues affecting education on the state and national level.