ALAMEDA -- The Alameda Unified School District released new figures this week on the amount of money at stake in the court battle over the legality of its 2008 parcel tax.

In a community bulletin circulated Monday, the district places the amount of Measure H parcel tax money at stake in the lawsuit at $7.4 million out of the $13.6 million total collected, under a December ruling by the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The court ruled that a portion of the parcel taxes collected by the district were collected illegally because residential and commercial parcels were taxed at different rates and ordered the return of the invalid taxes to taxpayers.

The court of appeals has since agreed to rehear the case at the request of the district, which sought for the rehearing instead of taking the case the state supreme court. With the rehearing, the December ruling is vacated and a new ruling will be made. The district said this week a new court date has not been set.

Nondistrict sources had previously estimated that Alameda Unified had collected $18 million under Measure H and that the district stood to lose nearly all of the funds.

Ashly McGlone covers San Leandro, San Lorenzo and the Washington Township Health Care District. Contact her at 510-293-2463. Follow her at Twitter.com/AshlyReports.