San Francisco Vehicle Registration Fee, Measure AA (November 2010)
Under the terms of the ballot proposition, San Francisco voters would have to pay $10 more every year to register their vehicles than they currently do. A simple majority vote is required for passage.
If approved, it is anticipated that the new tax on cards would bring in about $5 million more each year to San Francisco's coffers. The money from the tax would be dedicated to pay for street repair, pedestrian safety and transit reliability improvement projects. These costs are currently paid out of the city's general operating fund.
Path to the ballot
So-called "county congestion agencies" are allowed to place measures like this on the ballot under a law passed by the California State Legislature in October 2009. In San Francisco, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors acts as the County Transportation Authority Board and at their meeting on July 20, 2010, the board voted 8-3 to put the vehicle registration fee question on the November ballot.
Supervisors John Avalos, David Chiu and Eric Mar voted against putting the measure on the ballot.
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Mayoral 'question time' goes to voters", July 21, 2010
- Contra Costa Times, "Car fee increase to go before Alameda County voters in November", July 15, 2010