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City and County of San Francisco
Measure K Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


131,286 votes yes (34.71%)

246,947 votes no (65.29%)

Shall the Business and Tax Regulations Code be amended to impose a transactions (sales) and use tax at the rate of three-quarters of one percent (0.75%) for a period of 25 years, to be administered by the State Board of Equalization in accordance with Parts 1.6 and 1.7 of Division 2 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code; and increasing the City's appropriations limit by the amount of the tax increase for four years from November 8, 2016?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

YES vote means

If you vote “yes,” you want the City to increase its sales tax by 0.75%, for a total tax of 9.25%.

NO vote means

If you vote “no,” you do not want to make this change.


Ballot Simplification Committee

The Way It Is Now: San Francisco has an 8.75% sales tax, with two parts:

• 7.5% in State taxes, of which the City receives 1.25%; and

• 1.25% in local sales taxes that fund the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and the San Francisco County Public Finance Authority.

After December 31, 2016, the overall sales tax in San Francisco will be reduced to 8.5%.

State law allows the City to increase the local sales tax up to an additional 0.75%, with voter approval.

State law limits the amount of revenue, including tax revenue, the City can spend each year. Under State law, San Francisco voters can approve increases to this limit for a maximum of four years. 

The Proposal: Proposition K is an ordinance that would increase the sales tax in San Francisco by 0.75%, for a total tax of 9.25%. This 0.75% increase would go into the General Fund.

If voters approve this proposition, the increase would start on April 1, 2017. The sales tax increase would expire after 25 years.

Proposition K would also increase the State’s limit on the City’s annual tax revenue spending by the amount of additional taxes collected under the proposed rate increase. The increased limit would last for four years.

Financial effect

City Controller Ben Rosenfield

City Controller Ben Rosenfield has issued the following statement on the fiscal impact of Proposition K:

Should this ordinance be approved, in my opinion, it would result in an annual tax revenue increase to the City of an estimated $37.5 million in fiscal year (FY) 2016–2017 and $155.1 million in FY 2017–18. The tax is a general tax and proceeds would be deposited into the General Fund.

The measure would amend the City’s Business Tax and Regulations Code to increase the local sales tax rate by 0.75% (three-quarters of one percent) as of April 2017, for a period of twenty-five years. 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

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