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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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City of Belmont
Measure KK - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Passing

8,695 votos si (75.45%)

2,829 votos no (24.55%)

Shall a City of Belmont ordinance providing funding, that cannot be taken by the State, for city services including: Fixing potholes, repairing streets and sidewalks; Maintaining neighborhood police patrols and crime prevention; Maintaining 9-1-1 emergency response times; Maintaining parks, open spaces, sports fields; Unrestricted general revenue purposes; by permanently raising the transient occupancy tax to 12% of the rent paid by guests, providing an additional $560,000 annually, with independent audits, be adopted?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Scott Rennie, Belmont City Attorney

Measure KK asks Belmont voters to approve an ordinance raising the city's transient occupancy tax (TOT) rate from 10% of the rent charged by an operator of short-term lodging to 12% of the rent paid the guests. The city council placed the measure on the ballot by unaminously adopting Resolution 2018-061. The measure requires a simple majority to pass.

The city's TOT, or Hotel Room Tax, is paid by guests who stay for a period of 30 consecutive days or less at a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, or other short-term rental lodging in the city. The city's Hotel Room Tax was last changed in 1978 and is currently not assessed on the markup charged by on-line platforms sucgh as Hotels.com and Airbnb because the tax is based on the amount charged by the hotel operator which does not include the markup. The proposed measure will change the TOT to apply to the amount paid by the guest which will include any markup charged by an on-line platform. The proposed measure would also raise the TOT rate to 12% which is the rate currently charged by most other cities with a TOT in San Mateo County.

The proposed measure is expected to annually generate an additional $560,000 in unrestricted general city revenue. This revenue would be collected by the city and may not be taken by the state. The additional revenue would be deposited into the general fund and available for general governmental operations and services, such as fixing potholes in city streets, repairing sidewalks, maintaining city police patrols and crime prevention, emergency response, and maintaining parks, open space, and sports fields. The measure therefore proposes a general tax and requires a simple majority vote for adoption.

A "Yes" vote on the measure would approve the ordinance increasing the TOT rate to 12% of the rent paid by short-term rental guests.

A "No" vote on the measure would reject the ordinance and keep the TOT rate at 10% of the amount charged by operators.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Please vote Yes on Measure KK.

Measure KK will help Belmont build and sustain a strong economy and support public services throughout our community.

Measure KK will adjust our Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) to be in line with other cities in San Mateo County, raising the tax on hotel and short-term visitor stays from 10% to 12%.

10 of 15 cities in San Mateo already have increased their TOT to 12% and some may raise rates to 14%.

Belmont has not changed its rate since 1978 and Measure KK will give our City local control over an incremental $560,000 annually for:

 * infrastructure improvements, including streets, storm drains, and sidewalks;

 * maintaining 9-1-1 emergency response times;

 * maintaining and improving parks; and

 * addressing other local priorities

Belmont residents do NOT pay this tax. It is paid by tourists and visitors to our city that stay in our hotels and motels.

Visitors to our wonderful city will continue to contribute to maintaining and improving our roads, emergency services, parks, and recreation opportunities.

Raising the TOT represents a fair and direct way to recover the increased costs associated with visitor stays in Belmont.

Great News! All our TOT revenue remains here in Belmont. The State cannot take it from us. All the revenue raised will be put to work to benefit you!

The Belmont City Council voted unanimously to place Measure KK on the ballot.

Please join us in voting Yes on Measure KK.

 

/s/ Charles Stone, Former Mayor

/s/ Warren Lieberman, Councilmember

/s/ Robert Ledoux, Former Belmont Finance Commissioner

/s/ Josh Powell, SamTrans Board Member

/s/ Alyse Tognotti, Former AYSO Board Member 

Argumento EN CONTRA

Taxation without representation is tyranny! This measure taxes travelers where they do not get to vote.

What kind of people are we? Tax the visitors; tax our guests? Tax the homeless family in a motel?

Sacramento should never be allowing this. Belmont raises the tax on its hotels and other cities raise the tax on your room when your travel. This is turning people against each other like a tariff war.

Why aren't taxes made equal? Don't we get the equal protection promised by the 14th amendment? This tax is wrong. Don't be tempted. Just say no.

In fact, this measure should not even be allowed on the ballot. The ballot statement is argumentative, a prejudiced question written to make it pass. AB 195 outlawed argumentative and biased statements but governments still try them anyway.

Nothing in the actual law says the City Council really has to fix the potholes, run 911, or do anything in particular with the money. The actual law says the money is unrestricted and they can spend it as they please. But the ballot statement might mislead you to think the money is dedicated for good uses.

Tax them, not yourselves, they say. This is a tax on somebody else, not you - unless, of course, you share your Belmont home on VRBO or Airbnb; then the Belmont City Council is aiming this measure directly at you!  They will use it to tax someone for sleeping in your living room!

Just vote NO on KK.

 

/s/ Harland Harrison, Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County

/s/ Chris Yonts, Belmont Voter and Taxpayer

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

The Belmont Transient Occupancy Tax should not be raised; it should be abolished!

What kind of people would tax a guest? Tax the visitor? Tax the traveler? Don't tax the rich; tax the homeless family in a motel?  Don't tax the mansion; tax your neighbor who has to rent a bedroom?  Really?

Yes, the Transient Occupancy Tax taxes her for renting space in her own home! The Argument in Favor falsely claims that Belmont residents do not pay this tax. Be honest! The Impartial Anaylsis explains it; not only does a resident renting a room pay this tax, Measure KK actually increases what she pays through AirBnB. The Resolution brags about "making AirB&b users pay their fair share." So what on Earth is the government's "fair share: of letting somebody sleep on her couch?

Sure, the rate has not changed since 1978. Of course not.  It is a percentage! The government's take has already gone way up as inflation increased the price of a room. The C ity does not deserve a bigger share. They are getting more and more already.

Politicians think we will vote to tax anybody but ourselves. They think we will make somebody else pay. They think we are so selfish we cannot see through their scheme.

The Belmont Transient Occupancy Tax should not be raised; it should be abolished!

What on Earth is the government's fair share of somebody sleeping on your couch?

What kind of people tax their guests?

The Belmont Transient Occupancy tax is wrong. You can stop it.

Vote No on Measure KK.

 

/s/ Andrea Campton, Belmont Voter

/s/ Chris Yonts, Belmont Voter

/s/ Jon Freeman, Belmont Voter

/s/ Harland Harrison, Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Please vote Yes on Measure KK.

Simply put, maintaining and enhancing Belmont's roads, emergency services, parks, and other priorities require funding. Belmont's visitors, residents, businesses, all benefit from this.

Measure KK helps ensure that we can do this.  Measure KK will provide Belmont with an additional $560,000 per year, allowing us to direct more resources to improve our roads and parks.

Most cities in San Mateo County have a higher Transient Occupancy Tax than Belmont.

Do you want to live in the type of city advocated for by those arguing against Measure KK? A city where potholes are not fixed? A city where 911 services are not maintained? A city where parks are not maintained? We certainly do not!

Measure KK will give our City local control over an incremental $560,000 annually for:

 * Infrastructure improvements including streets, storm drains, and sidewalks;

 * Maintaining 9-1-1 emergency response times;

 * Maintaining and improving parks, and;

 * Addressing other local priorities

Visitors to our wonderful city will continue to contribute to maintaining and improving our roads, emergency services, parks, and recreation opportunities.

Remember, all our TOT revenues remain here in Belmont. This revenue will be put to work to benefit you!

Please join us in voting Yes on Measure KK.

 

/s/ Douglas Kim, Mayor, Belmont

/s/ John Violet, Treasurer, Belmont

/s/ Warren Lieberman, Councilmember, Belmont

/s/ Robert Ledoux, Former Belmont Finance Commissioner 

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