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Measure Y Parcel Tax

What is Measure Y?

Measure Y was approved by more than 67% of voters in the General Election of November 8, 2016. It assesses a $72 per parcel annual tax on properties within San José Unified School District, beginning in 2017-18 and effective through 2024-25 (8 years).

The parcel tax is projected to raise $5 million in annual local funding to support San José Unified’s efforts to:

● Maintain and improve core academic programming in reading, writing, math, the arts and science;
● Improve programs to prepare students for college and 21st century careers; and
● Attract and retain high performing teachers and educational staff.

Click here to read the full text of Measure Y
Click here to view a presentation to the Board of Education from January 26, 2017

Key Dates

May 26, 2017: Deadline to apply for Measure Y Citizens’ Oversight Committee (see below)
June 30, 2017: Deadline to submit an exemption application (see below)
July 2017: San José Unified files paperwork with County Tax Collector
December 2017: First property tax payment with Measure Y assessment due
January 2018: First apportionment of funds to San José Unified

Applying for an Exemption

Qualified applicants within San José Unified may request to be exempt from the Measure Y parcel tax by completing an application and submitting it by mail or email on or before June 30, 2017.

This exemption is available to property owners who will be 65 years of age or older on or before July 1, 2017, OR who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The exemption will only apply to their primary place of residence. Exemptions for multiple properties will not be approved.

Exemption applications are available electronically, by email, by request, or in person:

Click here to download an exemption application for seniors (age 65 and up)
Click here to download an application if you receive SSI or SSDI
● To receive an application by email, send an message to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with subject line: “Measure Y Exemption Application Request”
● To receive an application by mail: Call the Public Information Office at (408) 535-6444
● To apply in person: Visit us at 855 Lenzen Ave., San José, CA 95126, Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm

Complete the Measure Y Parcel Tax Senior Exemption Application Form and include the following documentation (copies only):

1. Proof of ownership (property tax bill)
2. Proof of residence (utility bill)
3. Proof of birth date (driver’s license, birth certificate, Medicare card, or passport)

Mail the application and required documentation to:

San José Unified School District
Attn: Public Information Office (Parcel Tax Exemption)
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126

You can also attach the completed application and required documents in an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the subject line “Measure Y Senior Exemption Request”.

Completed application forms must be received no later than June 30, 2017.

Please note:

● If your request is approved, you will not need to renew the exemption; it will automatically be renewed until the parcel tax expires in 2024-25. However, if you sell your home and purchase a new home in San José Unified School District, you will need to file for an exemption for the new property.

● Property owners who will attain 65 years of age between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, will be eligible to apply for this exemption beginning in the 2018-19 tax year.

● This parcel tax applies to parcels with land value. If your parcel is taxed for improvement value only (as in some mobile home parks), the parcel tax will not be assessed on your parcel, and you do not need to fill out this application.

● Please include your email address if you would like to receive a receipt for your application by email.  Otherwise, a receipt will be mailed to you at the street address provided.

Citizens’ Oversight Committee

From the text of Measure Y:

The Board shall provide for the creation of an independent citizens’ oversight committee to oversee the funds collected pursuant to the Measure to ensure that moneys raised under this Measure are spent only for the purposes described in this Measure. The Board shall provide for the composition, duties, funding, and other necessary information regarding the committee’s formation and operation.

San José Unified is now accepting applications for volunteers to serve on the Measure Y Citizens’ Oversight Committee. Members will serve two-year terms beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019. Qualified applicants must live or work in San José Unified, have a child currently enrolled in the district, or represent a local taxpayer organization, business association, or neighborhood group. San José Unified employees and contractors are not eligible to apply.

The committee will meet for the first time in the Fall of 2017 and will typically meet 2-4 times per year to review the district’s use of funds from Measure Y and ensure that the intent of the voters who approved the measures is being met.

Download an application

Applications are accepted and considered on a rolling basis in order to maintain an adequate number of committee members.

If you have any questions, please email the Public Information Office at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with subject line “Measure Y COC” or call (408) 535-6444.