San Francisco Sales Tax, Proposition G (November 2011)
If Proposition G is approved, the City of San Francisco's sales tax will increase by 0.50% (one-half of one percent) for 10 years. This would bring the total sales tax paid on sales of goods and services in the city to 9.0%. It is expected that the Proposition G sales tax increase would result in about $60 million annually for the city. The tax increase would go into effect in April 2012.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote is required for approval.
The official voter guide arguments in favor of Proposition G were signed by:
- Renita Abram, In Home Supportive Services Care Provider
- Neal Cavellini, San Francisco Firefighter
- Michael Evans, San Francisco Police Officer
They make these arguments:
- "Proposition G would ensure that our cops and firefighters can protect our neighborhoods in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster."
- "There is no time more crucial than now to preserve our vital public safety and social services which directly benefit San Francisco seniors and working families."
- "San Francisco has the highest percentage of seniors in an urban area in the State. By 2025, 1 in 5 San Franciscans will be older than 65. The number of people older than 85 will also have doubled. Proposition G will ensure that our seniors do not lose the care they need."
The official voter guide arguments opposing Proposition G were signed by the San Francisco Republican Party. The argument they make in the voter guide is:
- "Don’t be fooled by the city employees and the city funded non-profit proponents of Proposition G who want you to believe that the sky will fall if San Francisco does not raise it’s sales tax. They would have you believe that the City will not be able to pay for basic city services if the voters do not pass this regressive tax to be paid for by San Francisco’s already struggling families, small businesses, and consumers. San Francisco’s 2007-2008 budget was $5.89 billion. It has increased to $6.83 billion for 2011-2012, larger than most states’ budgets.
- San Francisco could live within its means if it would prioritize spending responsibly, use zero-based budgeting, and not accede to the demands of boisterous small groups of "community activists."
The question on the ballot:
|PROPOSITION G: "Shall the City increase its local sales tax by 0.50% for up to 10 years to fund public safety programs and programs for children and seniors, unless the State increases its sales tax by either 1.0% before November 30, 2011 or 0.75% before January 1, 2016?|
Path to the ballot
Proposition G was approved for the ballot in a unanimous August 2, 2011 vote of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
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