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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 19 2017: Deadline to apply for Parcel Tax Oversight Committee
  • June 15, 2017: Parcel Tax Oversight Committee (PTOC) appointed
  • June 30, 2017: Deadline to submit an exemption application
  • July 2017: San José Unified files paperwork with County Tax Collector
  • Fall 2017: First meeting of PTOC
  • December 2017: First property tax payment with Measure Y assessment due
  • January 2018: First apportionment of funds to San José Unified


Oversight Committee

The Measure Y Parcel Tax Oversight Committee (PTOC) will typically meet 2-4 times per year to review the district’s use of revenue from the 2016 Measure Y parcel tax and ensure that the intent of the voters who approved the measures is being met.

PTOC members 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.

If you have any questions, please email the Public Information Office at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (408) 535-6444.

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.

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

The exemption application window for the 2017-18 tax year is now closed. Applications will be available in March 2018 for the 2018-2019 tax year.

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, you will need to file for an exemption for the new property.
  • Property owners who will reach 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.