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Measure R Senior Exemptions Available  

By Lookout Staff

June 30, 2010 -- Those ages 65 and older who qualify for the exemption from Measure R, the $346 annual Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) parcel tax approved by voters in 2008, should have received a exemption form in the mail earlier this month. The forms must be returned to the SMMUSD by July 31.

To qualify for the senior exemption for the 2010-11 fiscal year, the person must turn 65 years old by June 30 and must own and occupy the property as a primary residence. Those who have previously received the exemption form, but did not receive one this month, should contact Dawn Smithfield at 310-450-8338 ext. 269

First-time applicants who qualify may call to be put on the application mailing list or print out an application from the District’s web site at Exemption/Application for Senior Exemption. This application must be completed, signed and returned, along with the two required proofs of age and property ownership, by July 31.

Measure R is the lone parcel tax for the SMMUSD to goes toward funding District programs and staffing. This is not connected to regular property taxes that contribute to public education. The District attempted to add a $198 parcel tax to residents’ bill last month. The item, Measure A, failed to gain the necessary two-thirds support needed for passage The District, which has a deficit due to decreased funding from the State, is considering another parcel tax. An election for that tax could take place as soon as November.


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