Local Ballot Measures

City of San Mateo voters will consider three ballot measures specific to the City in the November 3, 2020 election. Learn more about these measures by clicking the links below.

Measure W: Hotel Transient Occupancy Tax Increase & Maintaining City Services

Learn more about Measure W.

In response to the economic downfall and as part of the City's fiscal sustainability plan, the San Mateo City Council unanimously decided to place Measure W on the November 2020 ballot. This measure would increase the City’s existing transient occupancy tax, also known as a hotel tax, from 12% to 14%. This measure would only be paid by overnight hotel and short-term rental guests — not San Mateo residents. 

Measure Y: General Plan Amendment - Citizens' Initiative

Learn more about Measure Y.

A proposed ordinance to amend the City of San Mateo General Plan to extend for ten years the expiration date for voter-enacted policies limiting building heights, residential densities, and nonresidential building intensities, and to modify policies establishing an inclusionary housing requirement for residential densities, and nonresidential building intensities, and to modify policies establishing an inclusionary housing requirement for residential rental housing projects.

Measure R: General Plan Amendment - Placed on Ballot by City Council

Learn more about Measure R. 

A proposed ordinance to amend the City of San Mateo General Plan to extend for ten years the expiration date of voter enacted policies limiting building heights, residential densities and nonresidential building intensities but to authorize the city council to approve changes to these limits that exceed the previous limits in certain designated areas, and to make other amendments to the plan relating to affordable housing policies.