On May 5, 2009 and May 4, 2011, voters in the Cupertino Union School District approved two separate local elementary student achievement measures to help ensure reliable funding to maintain a quality education for all District students. Measure B (May 2009) and Measure C (May 2011) are assessed against each parcel of taxable land in the District. A parcel is defined as any unit of land in the District that now receives a separate tax bill from the Santa Clara County Tax Collector's Office.
Each parcel tax will generate over $4 million in stable revenue annually for six years. The measure passed in 2009 is set to expire on June 30, 2015 and the measure passed in 2011 is set to expire on June 30, 2017. Both parcel taxes can only be extended with voter approval.
Optional Exemptions and Refunds
Optional exemptions from the Cupertino Union School District parcel taxes are available for the following:
Senior citizen exemption
- Community members qualify for this exemption if they are 65 years of age or older on or before June 30 of the current tax year, and are the owner of a parcel within the Cupertino Union School District, and that parcel is their principal residence. The senior must live in the home as of July 1 of the year the tax is due.
Contiguous parcel exemption
- 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.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for a disability exemption
- Community members qualify for an exemption if they are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for a disability, and are the owner of a parcel within the Cupertino Union School District, and that parcel is their principal residence. The community member must own and live in the home as of July 1 of the year the tax is due.
Any homeowner eligible for the exemptions listed above may apply with the Cupertino Union School District for an exemption. All exemptions will be granted after receipt of a completed application and supporting documentation.
To file for exemption from the parcel tax for the next fiscal year (first-time applicants only)
Download the appropriate form and follow the instructions:
Note: all completed applications must be received by June 1st in order to be eligible for exemption for the following tax year.
To apply for a refund for the current fiscal year
- Pay your current tax bill in full.
- Request a refund form by email at email@example.com or by calling (408) 252-3000, Extension 61419.
- Submit the completed refund form and requested documents
Note: No refunds will be made for the current fiscal year after June 30.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to apply for an exemption every year?
- No. Any homeowner already exempt from the Cupertino Union School District's parcel taxes does not need to reapply every year. Please notify the District if the ownership and/or residency changes.
What is the District spending the money on?
- The funds collected from both parcel taxes can only be expended on the stated purposes approved by the voters. One element of the voter approved parcel taxes was to voluntarily implement an independent citizens oversight committee. The purpose of this committee is to provide accountability to ensure that the expenditures funded by the parcel tax were spent for the following purposes approved by the voters. In addition, the committee generates an annual report to the community. Additional information is available here.
You may contact Thu Hang Huynh at (408) 252-3000, ext. 61419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.