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Senior Parcel Tax Exemptions

Measure HH and Measure K Senior Parcel Tax Exemption Information

On November 8, 2016, voters approved a special Parcel Tax assessment of $72 per parcel for nine years to June 2026. These funds will help:

  • Enhance academic programs in reading, math, and science
  • Expand counseling and tutoring programs for at-risk students
  • Improve student access to computers and modern technology
  • Bring back performing arts and music programs for Kindergarten-6th grade
  • Maintain small class sizes
  • Maintaining or expanding performing arts and music programs

  On November 3, 2020, voters approved a Parcel Tax assessment of $72.00 per parcel for five years to June 2026.  These funds will help:  

  • Improve the quality of education and enhance student achievement by expanding reading, counseling, and tutoring programs for at-risk students
  • Maintaining small class sizes, enhancing reading, math, and science programs
  • Retaining teachers
  • Expanding student access to after-school programs

  The Parcel Tax is assessed against each parcel of taxable land within the FMSD boundaries. A parcel is defined as any unit of land in the District that now receives a separate tax bill from the Santa Clara County Assessor’s Office. Read the Resolution Calling an Election for Voter Approval of an Education Parcel Tax.  

Senior Exemption

Exemption from the FMSD Parcel Tax is available to all senior citizens 65 years or older who live in the Franklin-McKinley School District and reside in their homes.   Senior homeowners may be exempted on an annual basis upon application to the District. To qualify, a homeowner must be 65 years of age or older and be the owner-occupant of the property.

Homeowners can download the application form by clicking the following link:

 Senior Citizen Request Exemption for Measure HH & K - Parcel Tax - Application Form

A senior applying for an exemption needs to bring proof of residence to the Business Services Department at the District Service Center and fill out the Senior Citizen Exemption Form. You can refer to the Senior Citizen Information Sheet to answer many of your questions. A senior who is housebound should call (408) 283-6020, and a form will be mailed to them.  Completed forms can be emailed to:   kayin.ferranti@fmsd.org.

**The application period for the 2024-2025 school year has already concluded on June 15, 2024. However, the application process for the 2025-2026 school year is now open. Please ensure that your application is submitted on or before June 15, 2025.**

Contiguous 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 have the same primary purpose (i.e., a residence, a business, vacant land, etc.). Property owners must complete the Application for Contiguous Parcel Exemption and bring the form to the Business Services Department.

How do I remain on the Senior Exemption List?

Once your application is processed, you are exempt from the remainder of the parcel tax term. We will keep your information until there is a change in property ownership.  You will receive a letter annually stating that your exemption has automatically been renewed.

Questions or Comments?

If you have any questions, please contact Doreen (Kayin) Ferranti, Executive Assistant to Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, at (408) 283-6020 or email her at kayin.ferranti@fmsd.org.