Parcel Tax Measure B

  • On May 3, 2011, Sunnyvale School District received nearly 70 percent voter approval for Measure B, a special Parcel Tax assessment of $59 per parcel for seven years.  The parcel tax raises approximately $1million each year to support and maintain existing programs, including math, English and science; improve classroom computers and technology; minimize increases in class size; hire, train and retain quality teachers; provide students with support and instruction to succeed with reading and math skills; restore and strengthen library programs; protect and maintain physical education; maintain building and classroom maintenance services, nursing health services and counseling and support services; provide students and teachers with textbooks and classroom supplies; and provide students with high quality classroom programs and student services at the districts 8 elementary and 2 middle schools.

     

    General Information on Parcel Tax Assessment

    Voters approved a special Parcel Tax assessment of $59 per parcel for seven years. The tax is assessed against each parcel of taxable land within the Sunnyvale School District. A parcel is defined as any unit of land in the District that receives a separate tax bill from the Santa Clara County Assessor's Office. Any property that would otherwise be exempt from property taxes will also be exempt from the qualified special tax.

     

    Parcel Tax Exemptions

    Optional Exemptions from the $59 Sunnyvale School District Parcel Tax are available.  Any parcels owned and occupied by persons age 65 or older, or persons receiving Supplemental Security Income, regardless of age, can apply to the District for an exemption.

     

    Senior Exemption from the Parcel Tax for the Fiscal Year must be submitted by June 30: 

    To qualify for exemption from the parcel tax during any tax year (July 1 – June 30), you must be age 65 on or before June 30 of any applicable year, the owner of the parcel and use the parcel as your principal place of residence.

    You may apply by mail or in person at the District Office which is located at 819 W. Iowa Ave, Sunnyvale, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.

     

    To apply you must provide us with the following:

    • Birth date Verification: (drivers license, passport, birth certificate, DMV Identification Card, or Medicare Card )
    • Residence Verification: (PG&E Bill or Utility Bill )
    • Proof of Ownership: (Most recent property tax bill with Assessor's Parcel Number (APN#)
    • If you would prefer to apply by mail, please include copies of the above information as well as the Exemption Application Form at the top of this page and mail to the address on the exemption form.

     

    Complete your exemption application for next year by June 30.

     

    Supplemental Security Income Exemption from the Parcel Tax for the Fiscal Year must be submitted by June 30:

    To qualify for exemption from the parcel tax during any tax year (July 1 – June 30), you must be receiving Supplemental Security Income for a disability, the owner of the parcel and use the parcel as your principal place of residence. You must own and live in your home as of July 1 of the year the tax is due.

     

    To apply you must provide us with the following:

    • Benefits Verification Letter issued by the Social Security Administration Office
    • Verification of ownership either Property Tax Bill or Tax Bill w/ Homeowner’s Exemption
    • Verification of Residence: Driver’s License, Utility Bill or Social Security Check
    • Application is accepted in person at the Sunnyvale District Office or if you would prefer to apply by mail, please include copies of the above information as well as the Exemption Application Form and mail to the address on the exemption form.

     

    Complete your exemption application for next year by June 30.

     

    Do I need to renew my exemption?

    NO! Your exemption is renewed automatically.

    There is no action needed on your part if you want to continue to receive the exemption. The District will send a letter to all exempted Seniors in April to verify that they still want to continue to be exempted.  ONLY those that want to end their exemption will need to respond. 

     

    Contact Information for Parcel Tax Exemptions

    If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact:

    Brenda Ortega @ 408-522-8200 x1049 or by e-mail brenda.ortega@sesd.org