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Parcel Tax

On May 5, 2015, voters approved a Measure A Parcel Tax assessment of $758 per parcel with an annual two percent escalation for six years. Parcel Tax funds allow Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) to pay higher salaries and to maintain current programs and targeted class size reduction. The tax expires after six years. 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 now receives a separate tax bill from the Santa Clara County Tax Collector's Office.

Exemptions from the $758 PAUSD Parcel Tax are available to senior citizens (65 years or older) or to individuals who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) who own and occupy, as a principal residence, a parcel and apply to the District for exemption. Senior citizens or recipients of SSI who have paid the tax for the current tax year may apply for a refund.

To file for exemption from the parcel tax for next fiscal year

1. Apply by mail (Parcel Tax Exemption form ) or in person at our Business Services office and bring:


For senior citizens:

  • Proof of birth (driver's license, passport, or birth certificate)
  • Proof of residence (driver's license, utility bill, or property tax bill)

For individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income:


  • SSI Benefits Verification Letter
  • Proof of residence (driver's license, utility bill, or property tax bill)
Palo Alto Unified School District — Business Services
25 Churchill Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Map to District Office
Hours: 9 am - 4 pm weekdays

2. Complete your exemption application for next year by May 31 of the current year.

To apply for a refund for the current fiscal year

1. Pay your tax bill in full.

2. Apply in person at our Business Services office and bring:
  • Proof of payment (cancelled checks, bank statements, or receipts)
  • Proof of birth (drivers license, passport, or birth certificate) or SSI verification letter
  • Your tax bill
  • Completed Parcel Tax Refund Form PDF Document
Note: No refunds will be made for the current fiscal year after June 30.

To renew your exemption for next year

The Business Office annually mails an Exemption Renewal Form PDF Document at the beginning of April to everyone who received an exemption or a refund this year.

Sign and mail the form back to PAUSD before May 31.

If you have questions, contact Betty Muñoz at (650) 329-3980 or

Revised July 2015