How are Martinez Unified School District schools doing?
Thanks to highly qualified teachers and challenging academic programs, Martinez Unified
School District (MUSD) provides a well-rounded education to nearly 4,000 students across 7
school sites. Our MUSD schools help keep our community and property values strong.
How are MUSD’s schools funded?
The State of California only provides enough money for a basic education. For nearly 15 years,
Martinez students have relied upon locally controlled parce tax funding to protect and improve
the quality of our schools.
How has local funding supported our schools?
Local funding helps Martinez retain quality teachers and counselors, protect art and music
programs, and support academic programs in science, technology, and engineering that enable
students to compete for the best colleges and careers. However, this funding is set to expire
unless renewed by voters.
What happens if local school funding expires?
If locally controlled funding expires, our schools will lose $850,000 per year. This loss of funds
may trigger cuts to teachers, staff, and programs.
How exactly would a parcel tax renewal measure support Martinez schools and students?
If approved by voters, a potential parcel tax renewal measure could continue to be used to:
- Provide high-quality programs in science, technology, engineering, and math
- Attract and retain highly qualified teachers and counselors
- Provide hands-on science labs and instruction
- Provide high-quality programs in music, visual, and performing arts
- Keep school libraries open
What fiscal accountability provisions will be included in a potential renewal measure?
Any local funding measure would include strict fiscal accountability requirements, including:
- All funds would be controlled locally for Martinez schools only and could not be taken away by the State
- Independent citizens’ oversight and mandatory annual audits would be required
- Senior citizen homeowners would continue to be eligible for an exemption from the cost
How much would a potential renewal measure cost?
While no final decision has been made, the MUSD School Board is currently considering
renewing, without increasing taxes, the District’s parcel tax at its current rate of $75 per parcel
per year, for 8 years.
Would a potential renewal measure increase taxes?
No. The potential renewal measure being considered by the MUSD School Board would not
increase taxes. Instead, it would renew parcel tax funding at its current rate.
Has MUSD been a good steward of past voter-approved funding?
Yes. The Martinez Unified School District Citizens’ Oversight Committee has reviewed every
penny of past parcel tax funding and consistently found that MUSD has spent all funds on
voter-approved projects and programs. You can learn more by visiting
www.MartinezUSD.net/ParcelTaxInfo. If you would like to apply to be a part of the Citizens’
Oversight Committee yourself, please fill out the following application form:
Parcel Tax Citizen's Oversight Committee Application
Would senior citizen homeowners be exempt from the cost?
Yes. Senior citizen homeowners would continue to be eligible for an exemption from the cost of
the measure. To apply for an exemption, please fill out the form below and mail or deliver it to
the MUSD office at 921 Susana St.
Senior Citizen Exemption Form
Would all funds benefit Martinez schools only?
All funds from a potential measure would benefit local schools here in Martinez only. No funds
could be taken by the State or used for other purposes.
I don’t have children attending local schools. How would this potential measure impact me?
Even if you do not have school-age children, quality local schools help keep our community and
property values strong.
How can I learn more about the measure and share my thoughts?
To find out more about how the District has used existing parcel tax funding from Measure Q,
please visit https://www.martinezusd.net/parceltax .
If you have questions or input that you would like to share, please contact Andy Cannon at email@example.com.