The parcel tax exemption program is for property owners who are 65 years of age or older on July 1st preceding the tax year, and for 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 2014 federal poverty guidelines issued by the United States Dept. 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 guideliness above. 

To obtain an exemption from the parcel taxes in effect, an application must be filed before July 1st preceding the next tax year. Applications and Instructions may be requested by calling (800) 273-5167.  They can also be obtained at the Santa Cruz City Schools District Office, 405 Old San Jose Rd., Soquel, Room 304 or they can be downloaded below:

2015-16 Parcel Tax Exemption Application & Instructions for Seniors

2015-16 Parcel Tax Exemption Application & Instructions for SSI/SSDI Recipients 

2014 Health & Human Services Poverty Guidelines icon-outbound-link