Town of Portola Valley Utility Users Tax, Measure P (November 2009)
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.
- These final, certified, results are from the San Mateo County elections office.
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?"|
- Portola Valley Councilman Steve Toben.
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.
- California Utility User Taxes
- Town of Portola Valley Open Space Appropriations, Measure R (November 2009)
- Town of Portola Valley Appropriations Limit, Measure Q (November 2009)
- November 3, 2009 ballot measures in California
- Full text of Measure P
- Analysis of Measure P
- Arguments in favor of Measure P
- Arguments against Measure P
- San Mateo local ballot measures, November 2009
- San Francisco Examiner, "Shoppers' tax burden could rise," October 9, 2009
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The Almanac, "Guest opinion for Portola Valley tax," October 22, 2009