Town of Portola Valley Utility Users Tax, Measure P (November 2009)

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A Town of Portola Valley Utility Users Tax, Measure P ballot question was on the November 3, 2009 ballot for voters in the Town of Portola Valley in San Mateo County, where it was approved.[1]

At the time of the vote on Measure P, the Town of Portola Valley already levied a utility tax of 5.5% on telephone, gas, water and electricity charges. With the approval of Measure P, that tax:

  • Decreased to 4.5% for a period of four years from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2014.
  • Was set to return to 5.5% in 2014.

Note: Portola Valley has a separate Utility User’s Tax of 2% levied on telephone, gas, water and electricity charges, the proceeds of which are earmarked for the Town’s restricted Open Space Fund.

Election results

Measure P
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,229 82.6%
No25917.4%
These final, certified, results are from the San Mateo County elections office.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure P: "Do the People of the Town of Portola Valley adopt an ordinance that continues the reduced four and one-half percent (4.5%) Utility Users Tax levied on telephone, gas, water and electricity, set forth in Chapter 3.32 of the Portola Valley Municipal Code, for a period of four (4) years from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2014?"[2]

Supporters

  • Portola Valley Councilman Steve Toben.[3]

About Portola Valley

Portola Valley is an incorporated town in San Mateo County with a population of about 4,400 as of the 2000 census. It is one of the top forty wealthiest towns in the United States, with a median household income of $158,217 a year. Within the State of California, Portola Valley is ranked as the sixth wealthiest place.

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References

  1. San Francisco Examiner, "Shoppers' tax burden could rise," October 9, 2009
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. The Almanac, "Guest opinion for Portola Valley tax," October 22, 2009