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

City of San Carlos
Measure QQ - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales


11,824 votos si (78.32%)

3,273 votos no (21.68%)

To maintain the quality of life in San Carlos 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 0.5% increase per year for subsequent years up to a maximum rate of 14% adding approximately $1,650,000 annually?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Gregory J. Rubens, City Attorney

State law allows the City of San Carlos after a public vote to impose a transient occupancy tax (TOT) on short term occupants of hotels, motels, inns, or other lodging ("Operators"). The TOT is a tax on the room rent paid by visitors staying at Operators' properties in San Carlos for stays of thirty consecutive days or less.

This measure, if approved by a majority of the voters, would amend Chapter 3.24 of the San Carlos Municipal Code to increase the TOT rate from the current rate of 10% to 12% of the defined rent charges. This change of rate would become effective January 1, 2019. The rate would increased each January 1 at a rate of 9.5% per year up to a maximum rate of 14% of the defined rent charged by Operators. This Measure may have a minor effect on the method of collection of TOT because the definitions of charges subject to the TOT will reflect changes in the services provided by hotels that are related to the room rate charge and updates the definition of "hotel" to include online rental services, if allowed in the future.

Revenues from the TOT are collected by Operators from guests and paid to the City. The TOT is a general tax, which means that the tax proceeds are depoisted into the City's general fund and used for unrestricted general revenue purposes including but not limited to: police and fire protection; park maintenance, street repair, and traffic circulation.

If this Measure is approved by a majority of the voters, persons staying in hotels or motels and other transient rentals in the City of San Carlos will initially pay $2.00 more for each $100.00 of room charges beginning in 2019 which will increase by $0.50 per year until fully implemented to $4.00 more  per $100.00 of room charges. Once fully implemented, the tax on $100 in room charges will be $14.

This measure does not prevent the City Council from reducing the rate of TOT to less than the authorized rates. This Measure does not permit the City Council to raise the rate of the TOT above the authorized rates without additional voter approval.

A "Yes" vote on this Measure is a vote in favor of increasing the TOT from 10% to 12% effective January 1, 2019, to 12.5% commencing on January 1, 2020; to 13% commencing January 1, 2021; to 13.5% commencing January 1, 2022; and to 14% commencing on January 1, 2023. 

A "No" vote on this Measure is a vote to maintain the TOT at the existing rate of 10%.

This measure will be adopted if it is approved by a majority of the voters voting on this Measure.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Measure QQ would help the City of San Carlos fund much needed services paid for by hotel guests. Measure QQ would raise the San Carlos Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) from 10% to 12% with an additional 0.5% increase each subsequent year up to a maximum of 14% of the cost of a hotel room.

The TOT is a tax paid by tourists and visitors who stay in our hotels. San Carlos residents do not pay this tax unless they stay in a local hotel for 30 days or less.

Measure QQ would allow San Carlos TOT rates to match those charged in neighboring cities. San Carlos' current TOT rate has been in place since 1989 and ranks among the lowest cities in San Mateo County.

Visitors and tourists are welcome in San Carlos and add to our encomic vitality but they use the services and infrastructure paid for by the residents of San Carlos. Measure QQ represents a direct and fair way to recover costs associated with visitors staying in San Carlos and using City services, facilities, and infrastructure. Visitors need police, emergency medical and fire services. Visitors also enjoy our parks, facilities, streets, sidewalks, and free public parking.

Measure Qq could potentially generate $1,650,000 in tax dollars annually once fully implemented, providing funds to invest in local traffic improvements, street maintenance, additional free public parking in our downtown, public safety, community development, parks and recreation; helping offset the rising costs of these needs. Because none of the TOT money can be taken away by the State, ALL of Measure QQ revenue will stay here in San Carlos.

As long time residents both who've served as mayor, we respectfully urge residents to vote "Yes" on Measure QQ on Tuesday, November 6th.


/s/ Bob Grassilli, Mayor of San Carlos

/s/ Cameron Johnson, Vice-Mayor of San Carlos 

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