City of Burlingame Hotel Tax, Measure H (November 2009)

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

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

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.

If hotel occupancy rates in the city stayed the same as they were before Measure H, the city estimated that an additional $2 million could be generated in tax revenues. Future occupancy rates are unpredictable, and can be negatively impacted by the attitude of potential hotel guests toward higher hotel taxes.

Election results

Measure H
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 3,977 79.9%
No1,00220.1%
These final, certified, results are from the San Mateo County elections office.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure H: "To preserve funding for general city services, including maintaining public safety, recreation, planning and library services, and repairing and improving city streets and infrastructure, such as the Broadway/Highway 101 interchange, shall the City of Burlingame approve an ordinance amending the Burlingame Municipal Code to increase the transient occupancy tax rate from ten (10%) per cent to twelve (12%) per cent on the rent charged to hotel guests within the City?"[1]

Path to the ballot

The Burlingame 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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