Parcel Taxes & Exemptions

Parcel Taxes

The parcel taxes below are effective until 6/30/20.  They have been superseded by Measures T and U, effective 7/1/20.
Measure Approved Duration Assessment Funds
Measure I June 2012 July 2013 - June 2021 $38/Yr/Parcel Secondary District  Grades 9-12 Library &
 Counseling
Measure J June 2012 July 2012 - June 2021 $85/Yr/Parcel Elementary District  Grades K-8 Art, Music,
 Library, Counseling
Measure O November 2015 July 2016 - June 2024 $72/Yr/Parcel Secondary District  CTE, STEM, VAPA, After
 school athletic & enrichment
Measure P November 2015 July 2016 - June 2024 $105/Yr/Parcel Elementary District  Class size reduction, Library,
 Art, Life Lab, &
 Various other programs

Measures T and U, effective 7/1/20

 Measure Approved Duration   Assessment  Funds
T 3/3/20  Does not expire  $110  Protects educational quality in local high schools (grades 9-12) and continues funding Career Technical Education, science, technology, engineering, arts, counseling, library and athletic programs keeping kids safe and engaged in school.  
 U  3/3/20 Does not expire  $208 Continues funding core programs in science, art and music that support student achievement at Santa Cruz elementary and middle schools, attract/retain highly qualified teachers, provides library and counseling services, and maintains smaller class sizes 

Parcel Tax Exemptions

The Parcel Tax Exemption Program is For:

Property owners who are 65 years of age or older on July 1st preceding the tax year 

Persons receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), regardless of age, who own and reside at the property for which the exemption is being claimed, and whose annual income does not exceed 250% of the 2019 federal poverty guidelines issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Resources (see link below for more information).

The exemption is for the principal place of residence and applies to one parcel only. Exemptions which are approved are effective for the life of the parcel tax, unless ownership of the property changes. Exemptions for applicants receiving disability benefits will be revoked if SSDI or SSI benefits end and/or if annual income exceeds 250% of the federal poverty guidelines above. 

Property owners who currently have exemptions on file for Measures I, J, O and P will receive a letter asking if they wish to be exempted from Measures T and U.  By signing and returning the letter by June 30, 2020, those property owners will be exempted from Measures T & U.

Property owners who do not have currently exemptions on file for 
Measures I, J, O and P will need to complete an application for exemption for Measures T and U.  The new applications are posted below.

To obtain an exemption from the parcel taxes in effect, an application must be filed before July 1st preceding the next tax year

To download an application, click on the link below:

Exemption Application for Senior Citizens 
Exemption Application for Senior Citizens - Spanish
Exemption Application for  Owner-Occupants Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance 
(SSDI)

Exemption Application for  Owner-Occupants Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance 
(SSDI) - Spanish

Exemption Application for  Owner-Occupants Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 
Exemption Application for  Owner-Occupants Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - Spanish

United States Dept. of Health and Human Resources 2019 federal poverty guidelines

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