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:
- "A time of high unemployment with many San Francisco families struggling to make ends meet is not the time to increase taxes. The city already has a $6.8 billion budget, more than $11,000 per resident, which should be more than enough to cover the cost of local government."
- "We already have more than 26,000 city employees. This measure is almost certain to result in an even more bloated city payroll, thereby increasing our unfunded pension liability."
- "History has shown that more money does not lead to better services, but rather to greater waste. With all the money that they already have, city officials routinely come to us asking for bond money to pay for basic services like road repaving that should be covered by the General Fund."
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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