Dublin homeowners who are over the age of 65 may apply for an exemption from paying the Measure E property tax that went into effect starting at the beginning of the month.
Nearly three quarters of voters in the May 7 mail-only special election passed the $96-per-parcel tax on residential land, extending the old Measure B parcel tax rate for another 9 years.
Revenue will be used to help the Dublin Unified School District to recruit highly-qualified teachers and maintain school libraries and current classroom technology and materials, among other purposes. Funds cannot go towards administrator salaries.
Residents who own and inhabit their property, are over the age of 65 as of July 1, 2019 or for each year, and low-income residents receiving SSI disability payments may qualify for an exemption from the yearly tax, which runs through June 30, 2028.
Property owners will need their eight-digit parcel number -- typically beginning with “941” -- to complete the parcel tax exemption application. Those who are unsure if they’re using the correct parcel number should bring their tax bill or tax assessment to the Dublin school district office for help finding it. The parcel tax number may also be searchable on the Alameda County property tax website, located at www.acgov.org/propertytax/.
Exemption forms are available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Dublin Unified School District administration headquarters, 7471 Larkdale Ave. The forms can also be found on the district website at https://www.dublin.k12.ca.us/Page/15.
The Parcel Tax Oversight Committee is also looking for some new faces; the group was formed five years ago when voters approved Measure B, the local parcel tax which expired at the end of June and is being replaced by Measure E. Representatives for the local business community, parent-teacher organizations and district families are needed.
Applicants must meet certain criteria such as being a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in a DUSD school or actively involved in a business, taxpayer or parent-teacher group. For more information and an application, visit https://www.dublin.k12.ca.us/Page/15.