Water district offers property tax exemption for low-income seniors

Santa Clara County residents age 65 years or older may be eligible for a parcel tax exemption from the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program special parcel tax approved by voters in November 2012.

The enrollment period for qualifying low-income seniors is open through Friday, June 30, 2017. To be approved, you must:

  • Have a birth date before June 30, 1953
  • Have a total household income for 2016 was less than $48,375
  • Own a home and live in it as your primary residence
  • Note: mobile homes in parks and homes that are in an irrevocable trust are not eligible for this exemption

New applicants must mail or deliver a signed application the water district headquarters office 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

Hours: Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.)

Seniors who are already receiving the exemption do not need to re-apply. A verification letter and form will be mailed to participating seniors to verify continuing eligibility. To view a list of frequently asked questions click here. 

If you have any questions regarding this program, please email seniorexemption@valleywater.org or call the water district tax hotline at (408) 630-2810 and leave a message.


  1. Just checking for my mothers exemption status we filed last month and processed in person.. Her home is located at 1353 No. San Pedro Street. San Jose, Ca 95110


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