Welcome to the City of Scotts Valley
The City of Scotts Valley, incorporated on August 2, 1966, is a general law city with a population of approximately 11,680. Scotts Valley is located in Santa Cruz County and is six miles north of the City of Santa Cruz and 26 miles southwest of San Jose. The City operates under the council-manager form of government. Five council members are elected to four-year terms, and every year the council selects one member to serve as mayor. The City Council appoints the City Manager, who is responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of the City.
City departments include: Administration; Finance; Police; Planning; Building; and Public Works, which includes Engineering, Street Maintenance, Vehicle Maintenance, Park Maintenance, Building Maintenance, and a Parks & Recreation Division. The City also operates its own wastewater treatment plant. Water and fire services are provided by separate special districts. Refuse collection is contracted out to a private company. The City has six parks/playgrounds, three soccer fields, four tennis courts, softball and baseball fields, an aquatics program, and two childcare facilities on the elementary school campuses. The City also operates a Community Center and a Senior Center.
The Scott House
Built in 1853 by Hiram Scott, the namesake of the City of Scotts Valley.
More History of Scotts Valley
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City Heritage Trees
Take a tour of the City's Heritage Trees - click on the photo below.
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