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Low-income seniors may apply for property tax exemption

April 17, 2019
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Applications are now available for the Safe, Clean Water parcel tax exemption. Qualifying low-income seniors age 65 years or older may be eligible to receive an exemption from the special parcel tax, approved by voters in November 2012.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Born before June 30, 1955
  • Total household income for 2018 was less than $53,854
  • Own your home and live in it as your primary residence
  • Note: mobile homes in parks and homes in an irrevocable trust are not eligible

The enrollment period is open from April 15 through June 30. Seniors who are already receiving the exemption do not need to re-apply.

New applicants must mail or deliver a signed application to Valley Water headquarters by June 30 to be exempt from the upcoming property tax year.

Mail or drop off address:
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Senior Exemption Program
5750 Almaden Expressway
San José, CA 95118

If you have any questions regarding this program, please email [email protected] or call the Valley Water tax hotline at (408) 630-2810 and leave a message.

The Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program is a countywide special parcel tax that was overwhelmingly approved by Santa Clara County voters in 2012. The Safe, Clean Water Program ensures Valley Water can continue reducing flood risks and providing a safe, reliable water supply for residents and businesses in Santa Clara County. It was developed based on the community’s needs and values and identifies five priorities to support a thriving Silicon Valley with clean water, a healthy environment and flood protection.


Valley Water manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's 2 million residents. The district effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 275 miles of streams. We provide wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to homes and businesses in Santa Clara County.