San Francisco Telephone Tax, Proposition O (November 2008)
Proposition O replaced the citiy's Emergency Response Fee with a general tax (Access Line Tax) at the same rates and with the same exemptions. Revenue from this tax goes to the City's General Fund.
Proposition O also revised the Telephone Users Tax to:
- Define "telephone communications services" to include current and future technologies for telephone communications, including voice over internet protocol (VOIP) services, and
- Give examples of the types of charges subject to this tax, including charges for conference calls, voicemail, and call waiting; activation, termination, and late payment fees; and universal service charges.
Proposition O continued the Telephone Users Tax exemption for residential landline services. It also stated that voters approve the City's past collection of the Telephone Users Tax and the Emergency Response Fee.
- These final, certified, results are from the San Francisco elections office.
The question on the ballot:
|Proposition O: "Shall the City replace the Emergency Response Fee with an Access Line Tax at the same rates and with the same exemptions, and revise the Telephone Users Tax?"|
Path to the ballot
Proposition O was referred to the ballot on July 29, 2008 by an 11-0 vote of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
In favor: Supervisors Alioto-Pier, Ammiano, Chu, Daly, Dufty, Elsbernd, Maxwell, McGoldrick, Mirkarimi, Peskin and Sandoval.
- November 4, 2008 official San Francisco voter guide
- David Latterman's analysis of the November 2008 San Francisco local ballot measures