City of South San Francisco Hotel Tax Increase, Measure O (November 2009)
Measure O increased the City of South San Francisco's hotel tax from 9% to 10%. Any guest who stays at a hotel or similar establishment within the city borders of South San Francisco pays the tax. Under Measure O, hotel guests also have to pay a 10% tax on what they are charged for parking their vehicles at hotel parking structures.
Measure O also addressed the issue of internet-based reservations for lodging. It clarified that when third parties arrange for the rental of hotel facilities, the hotel tax must be calculated based on the full amount that is charged to the hotel guest for the use of those facilities, and that hotel operators are responsible for collecting and remitting to the City the total amount of tax owed.
Hotel taxes are general taxes. Revenues raised from hotel taxes go into the city's general fund where they can be used for any general governmental function of the city.
The last time the City of South San Francisco increased its hotel tax was in 2004, when it was increased to the current level of 9%. Voters also approved a separate $2.50 per room, per night special tax that goes to fund the acquisition, renovation, maintenance and operation of the South San Francisco Conference Center. That tax is unrelated to the Measure O tax, and continued in force with the approval of Measure O.
- These final, certified, results are from the San Mateo County elections office.
The question on the ballot:
|Measure O: "To provide funding for essential public services in South San Francisco, including parks, recreation, police, fire, streets, and libraries, shall the existing transient occupancy tax ("hotel") tax, paid by hotel guests and collected by hotel operators, be increased by 1% and modernized by amending the administrative provisions of the tax to ensure full collection for online reservations and to apply the tax to separate charges for vehicle parking for hotels?"|
Path to the ballot
The South San Francisco City Council approved the tax increase, and putting the tax increase on the ballot. By state law, a minimum of 2/3rds of the City Council had to vote in favor of the tax increase before it could go on the ballot.
- Full text of Measure O
- Impartial analysis of Measure O
- San Mateo local ballot measures, November 2009