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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 LL - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales


14,767 votos si (75.45%)

4,806 votos no (24.55%)

To maintain the quality of life in South San Francisco by providing public safety services to address the impact of commercial cannabis operations permitted within the City and for unrestricted general revenue purposes, shall an ordinance be adopted establishing an ongoing business license tax on all cannabis businesses of no more than 5% of gross receipts to vary by each type of permitted business, providing approximately $100,000 to $700,000 or more in revenues 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 LL is a ballot measure that, if approved by the voters, would authorize a cannabis business license tax to be imposed for the privilege of operating a cannabis business within the City of South San Francisco ("City").  The City's current business license taxes apply to all businesses operating in South San Francisco and businesses not assigned a specific business license tax rate must pay a general license tax rate of $75 per business plus $15 per employee.  Measure LL would amend the City's business license tax only as applied to cmmercial cannabis operations. The business license tax would be based on a percentage of gross receipts of sales and would vary based on the type of permitted commercial cannabis use.

If approved, Measure LL would authorize the City Council to set the business license tax for all types of commerical cannabis operations permitted within the City at a minimum rate of 1% for gross receipts. Additionally Measure LL would establish the following maximum rates for permitted cannabis uses: a maximum of 2.5% of gross receipts for Testing, a maximum of 4% of gross receipts for Cultivation; a maximum of 3% of gross receipts for Distribution, a maximum of 5% of gross receipts for Manufacturing, and a maximum of 5% of gross receipts for Delivery Only, as those particular uses are defined in Chapter 20.410 of the South San Francisco Municipal Code.

Measure LL is an excise tax that would generate approximately $400,000 to $700,000 of additional annual revenue for unrestricted purposes. Measure LL is not a sales tax and would not be imposed directly on consumers but rather on commercial cannabis businesses. Because Measure LL does not limit the use of tax revenue generated by this tax to 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 public safety within the City.

A "Yes" vote is a vote to approve a business license on all permitted commercial cannabis uses for the privilege of operating a cannabis business in the City.

A "No" vote is a vote against adopting a business license tax specific to cannabis business in the City.

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

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Measure LL will allow the City of South San Francisco to impose a business license tax on cannabis businesses for the privilege of operating within the City. Measure LL will generate revenue to help fund our municipal services so our City can maintain code enforcement services and rapid 911 emergency response times for police and fire safety services.

The City is in the process of issuing cannabis operator permits for testing, cultivation, distribution, manfacturing, and delivery only businesses to begin operations in the East of 101 area. Measure LL only places a tax on these new cannabis businesses as a part of doing business in the City and is NOT a general tax on local residents. The business license tax will initially range from 1% to 5% of the gross receipts, depending on the type of cannabis business.

Measure LL will produce an estimated $100,000 to $700,000 in additional unrestricted annual 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 the revenue generated by the cannabis industry increases. By law, all funds from Measure LL will stay in South San Francisco.

Measure LL is NOT a tax on your home or property. Through this business license tax, cannabis businesses who benefit from City services will share the cost of providing City services.

We urge you to vote "YES" on Measure LL to place a business license tax on all cannabis businesses for the privilege of operating in the City.


/s/ Liza Normandy, Mayor, South San Francisco

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

/s/ Bill Benavides, Local Committee Emergency Response Volunteer

/s/ Sam Shihadeh, Local Business Owner, 45 Year resident South San Francisco 

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