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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

City of South San Francisco
Measure FF - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales


14,763 votos si (74.63%)

5,018 votos no (25.37%)

To maintain the quality of life in South San Francisco by providing services and improvements to accommodate visitors and residents, enhance public safety, community development, parks and recreation programs, street repair and traffic circulation, and for unrestricted general revenue purposes, shall an ordinance be adopted increasing the ongoing tax on hotel guests from 10% to 12% with a 1% increase each subsequent year up to a maximum rate of 14%, providing approximately an additional $5,920,000 annually?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Jason Rosenberg, City Attorney

Measure FF is a ballot measure that, if approved by the voters, would authorize up to a four percent (4%) increase to the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) in the City of South San Francisco ("City").  The City's current TOT rate is 10%.  The City's TOT is levied on the rental cost of a hotel room within the City and is charged to visitors when renting a hotel room for less than thirty consecutive calendar days.  A hotel is defined to include a hotel, inn, tourist home or house, motel, or other lodging located within the City.

A vote in favor of this ballot measure would authorize an initial increase to the City's TOT rate by 2% in 2019. The ballot measure would also authorize an additional 1% each year to a maximum TOT rate of 14%. If passed by the voters, Measure FF would first increase the City's TOT rate to 12% effective January 1, 2019. Subsequently, the ballot measure would then increase the City's TOT rate to 13% effective January 1, 2020.  Finally, Measure FF would increase the City's TOT rate to a maximum of 14% effective January 1, 2021. The ballot measure if passed would generate approximately $5.9 million of additional revenue annually for the General Fund.

Because Measure FF does not limit the use of tax revenue generated by this tax to a specified uses, it is a general tax. Therefore the City may use the funds for any legitimate governmental purpose. If approved by the voters, the tax will be deposited into the City of South San Francisco's general fund and may be used to pay for and maintain parks and recreation facilities, transportation and infrastructure improvements, and to offset the additional use of police and fire services incurred by visitors to the City.

The current TOT consists of three components - a 9% general excise tax that generates General Fund revenues; a 1% special tax used for the purpose of funding parks, recreation, library, and public safety services (SSFMC 4.20.033) and a $2.50 tax devoted to the acquistion, renovation, maintenance and operation of the South San Francisco Conference Center. The City Council last increased the total TOT rate from 9% to 10% in 2009 with the incremental 1% increase being a general tax. The 1% special tax was imposed in 2005 and the $2.50 conference center tax was imposed in 1989.

A "Yes" vote is a vote to approve an increase to the TOT rate. The initial 2% increase would revise the City's TOT rate from 10% to 12% effective January 1, 2019. A subsequent 2% increase over the next two years would revise the TOT rate to 13% effective January 1, 2020, and 14% effective January 1, 2021.

A "No" vote is a vote against increasing the TOT rate and would maintain the current TOT rate of 10%.

Measure FF would be approved if it received a majority of "Yes' votes. 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Measure FF would allow the City of South San Francisco to increase its hotel tourist tax, also known as the transient occupancy tax (TOT). The TOT is a tax paid by visitors to local hotels and helps pay for essential municipal services in the City of South San Francisco like police and fire protection services, traffic circulation, parks and recreation programs, public roads, and rising pension employee costs.

The City has not increased its TOT rate in almost ten years. Measure FF would increase the TOT to a rate comparable to neighboring cities so hotels in the City would continue to offer competitive hotel rates to visitors.

Measure FF will produce an estimate $5.9 million in additional unrestricted revenue for the General Fund which can be used to help fund public safety programs, youth programs, improve our parks, and repair our roads. This tax revenue will grow over time as more visitors stay at new hotels that open in the City. By law, all funds from Measure FF stay in South San Francisco.

Measure FF is NOT a tax on your home or property. Hotel visitors who pay the increased tax will also benefit from City services.

We urge you to vote "YES" On Measure FF to increase the TOT rate paid by hotel visitors that will have a signifcant positive impact on the quality of life for local residents and our economy.


/s/ Liza Normandy, Mayor of South San Francisco

/s/ Richard Holt, 50 year resident of South San Francisco

/s/ Bill Benavides, Local Community Emergency Response Volunteer

/s/ Sam Shihadeh, Local Business Owner and 45+ year resident

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