Any deed, instrument or writing to which the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof, any state or territory, or political subdivision thereof, is a party shall be exempt from any tax imposed pursuant to this ordinance when the exempt agency is acquiring title.
Any deed, instrument or writing shall be exempt from up to one-third (1/3) of any tax imposed pursuant to this ordinance if: (1) it transfers an interest in real property used as a residence; and (2) after January 1, 2009, the transferor has installed an active solar system, as that term is defined in Revenue & Taxation Code § 73(b), or has made seismic retrofitting improvements or improvements utilizing earthquake hazard mitigation technologies, as those terms are defined in Revenue & Taxation Code § 74.5(b), and the transferor has claimed and the Assessor has approved an exclusion from reassessment for the value of that system or those improvements. This partial exemption shall only apply to the initial transfer by the person who installed the active solar system or made the seismic safety improvements. The amount of this partial exemption shall not exceed the transferor’s cost of seismic retrofitting improvements or the active solar system. Multi-family residential properties are eligible for this partial exemption.
(Ord. 315-67, App. 12/12/67; amended by Ord. 377-84, App. 8/31/84; Proposition N, 11/4/2008)