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Parcel Tax Exemptions

On November 2, 2004, voters approved a special Parcel Tax assessment of $98 per parcel for six years. In 2010, voters approved a six year extension of the parcel tax, keeping the $98 tax assessment. On November 4, 2014 the voters approved a six year extension of the annual $98 parcel tax commencing July 1, 2016. The tax is assessed against each parcel of taxable land in the 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 funds allow Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) to preserve core academic classes, maintain qualified and experienced teachers and school employees and to continue programs that help our students qualify for college.

Optional Exemptions and Refunds

Optional Exemptions from the $98 FUHSD Parcel Tax are available to senior citizens (65 years or older) who own and occupy, as a principal residence, a single parcel and apply to the District for exemption. Senior citizens who did not apply for an exemption and have paid the tax in full for the current tax year may apply for a refund. An exemption for 2 contiguous parcels is possible (upon approval of the District) for special circumstances.

Optional Exemptions from the $98 FUHSD Parcel Tax are also available to disabled citizen (SSI/SSDI) who own and occupy, as a principal residence, a single parcel and apply to the District for exemption.

Contiguous parcel exemptions are also available. The contiguous parcel exemption allows a property owner to combine adjacent parcels (parcels that share a common border) into one taxable unit. These combined parcels must also be used solely for owner-occupied, single-family residential purposes. All applications for a Contiguous Parcel tax exemption must also include parcel maps for verification and verification that no residences exist on other parcels.

If you would like the School District to receive $98 for your parcel, then there is no need to request and exemption.

Please remember that property tax bills should arrive at your home in October. If you qualify for a Senior Citizen Exemption and have not yet applied for one, please remember that you must have a copy of your 2017-18 Property Tax bill prior turning in your exemption application. If you would like a refund, keep in mind you must pay your bill first before coming to the District Office to request your refund. Please read below for more information.

To Apply for a Refund

Apply in person in the Business Office and bring:

  • Proof of birth (drivers license, passport, birth certificate or Medicare card)
  • Your property tax bill

If you would prefer to apply by mail, please include the above information as well as the Refund Application Form and mail to the address on the refund form.

The deadline for filing for a refund is June 30. Therefore, no refunds will be made for the 2017-187 fiscal year after June 30, 2018.

Please download a Parcel Tax Refund/Exemption Application from this page (you can complete the form on-line before saving and printing). If you would like to apply on-line, please use the link on the right hand side of this page. You will need a to scan your proof of birth and property tax bill to complete the on-line application.

To File an Exemption (First Time Only)

Beginning November 1, 2017, you may apply in person at the District Office in the Business Services Department, which is located at 589 W. Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

You must bring:

  • Proof of birth (drivers license, passport, birth certificate or Medicare card)
  • Proof of residence (drivers license, utility bill, property tax bill, or Social Security Card)
  • Most recent property tax bill with Assessor's Parcel Number (APN#)

If you would prefer to apply by mail, please include 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, 2018.

Please use the link on the righthand side of this page to download an application (you can complete the form on on-line before saving and printing). If you would like to apply on-line, please use the link on the righthand side of this page. You will need to scan your proof of birth and property tax bill to complete the on-line application.

Eligibility Criteria

Senior Citizens Exemption Criteria

The property owner must be at least 65 years of age by June 30, 2017, the property must be your primary residence and you must reside there for 51% or more of the year. You must show proof of ownership of the property

Age Documentation

  • Driver’s License
  • California Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate

Residency Documentation

  • Utility Bill (such as PG&E, Garbage Bill, Telephone Bill)
  • Mortgage Bill
  • Bank Statement

Ownership Documentation

  • Title/Grant Deed
  • Property Tax Bill (only if it lists the property owner’s name)

SSI/SSDI EXEMPTION CRITERIA

The property must be your primary residence and you must reside there for 51% or more of the year. You must show proof of ownership of the property and must continually receive SSI Benefits.

Residency Documentation

Same as Senior Citizens Exemption (above).

Ownership Documentation

Same as Senior Citizens Exemption (above).

SSI/SSDI Verification

Must provide a copy of your Benefits Verification Letter. A Benefits Verification Letter may be obtained by calling the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 or by visiting a local Social Security Administration Office.

Parcel Tax Exemption Application

Contact Information

Pam Coppel
Senior Accounting Specialist
(408) 522-2219