City of Brisbane Hotel Tax, Measure G (November 2009)

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A City of Brisbane Hotel Tax, Measure G ballot question was on the November 3, 2009 ballot for voters in the City of Brisbane in San Mateo County, where it was approved.

Measure G increased the City of Brisbane’s hotel tax from 10% to 12%. Any guest who stays at a hotel or similar establishment within the city borders of Brisbane pays the tax.

If hotel occupancy rates in the city stay the same in Brisbane with the higher hotel tax, approximately $200,000 will be generated in tax revenues.

Election results

Measure G
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 536 64.7%
No29235.3%
These final, certified, results are from the San Mateo County elections office.

Supporters

Hotel in Brisbane

Mayor Sepi Richardson, Mayor Pro Tem Clarke Conway, and Brisbane City Council members Michael G. Barnes and Cyril G. Bologoff signed the official ballot argument urging a "yes" vote on the higher tax.

Opponents

John P. Henry and Raymond Nowak of the Radisson Hotel Brisbane, Gina Merz and Manny Mateo of Homewood Suites Brisbane, and George Hawawini of the Mangiare and Xebec Restaurants in Brisbane signed the official ballot argument urging a "no" vote on the higher tax. They believed that hotel occupancy would decline in Brisbane if visitors had to pay a higher tax to stay in the city, and that this would result in an overall loss of tax revenues to the city at a time when the city is having a hard time balancing its budget.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure G: "Shall the existing transient occupancy tax on the rent charged for use of hotel rooms in the city be increased from 10% to 12%?"[1]

Path to the ballot

The Brisbane 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.

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