Voters defeat two county tax measures

By Dave Boyce

Almanac Staff Writer

San Mateo County voters defeated two San Mateo County tax measures Tuesday. The vote on Measure T, a tax on rental-car companies, is close.

In the latest tally, the "yes" vote on T is 49,587, just 311 more than the "no" vote. The county has about 14,000 ballots still to count, according to elections official David Tom.

Click here to see latest election count.

Measure T would create a 2.5 percent tax on the gross receipts of vehicle rental companies in unincorporated parts of the county, including San Francisco International Airport. The companies would be expected to pass the increase to customers, mostly visitors to the county. The measure would raise $7.75 million for San Mateo County's general fund, analysts have said.

Measures U and X were defeated, with about 53 percent of voters casting no votes.

Measure U would have raised the hotel and motel occupancy tax rate in unincorporated parts of the county to 12 percent from its current 10 percent, raising about $200,000 a year.

Measure X would have raised an estimated $5 million by imposing an 8 percent tax on commercial parking facilities located in unincorporated parts of the county, including SFO.

With a $1.83 billion budget coming before the county Board of Supervisors in June, the defeat of measures T, U and X would raise the projected deficit to about $40 million from the current $28 million projected for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2012.


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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I hate to say it, but I think the dopey electorate thought these taxes would be imposed on them, as I just can't imagine there are that many pro-business voters in SM County. "Power to the people" via ballot box measures and initiatives presumes far too much about the peoples' ability to understand the issues being thrust before them. Good luck to the Supervisors closing the now $12M larger budget shortfall. The people will definitely pay for that directly through service cuts, which is what they have essentially (and sadly probably unwittingly) voted for.

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jun 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Talk about not getting the message, the Supervisors have been told by the voters of San Mateo County time and time again spend within you budget which they have refused to do, they continue to give raises to some favorite people/groups without having the income to pay for it. They have approved a JAIL we can not afford, or sofar we don't know how we are going to pay for it and they recently purchased 2 empty buildings for $40,000,000 and plan to spend $10,000,000 to fix it up. Oh I almost forgot they continue to take from the General Fund to balance the budget $40,000,000.

The lesson here is for the Supervisors not the electorate.
I'm surprised one measure passed.

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jun 8, 2012 at 9:54 am

Just 309 votes difference so far.....That's close

Completed Precincts: 467 of 467
Vote Count Percentage
YES 49,587 50.2%
NO 49,276 49.8%

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