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Posted on: September 18, 2020

Measure W & Maintaining City Services

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Measure W & Maintaining City Services

Along with the rest of the state and the country, San Mateo faces serious health and economic challenges due to COVID-19. In response to the impending budget deficit, the City has put a fiscal sustainability plan in place. As part of that plan, the San Mateo City Council unanimously placed Measure W on the November 2020 ballot to increase the City’s existing transient occupancy tax, also known as a hotel tax, from 12% to 14%. It would be paid by overnight hotel and short-term rental guests. Measure W would provide an additional estimated $1 million annually in locally-controlled funding to maintain city services such as: 

  • Maintaining streets and repairing potholes 
  • Providing fire protection and emergency medical services  
  • Maintaining responses to 9-1-1 emergencies  
  • Managing traffic congestion and enhancing pedestrian safety 
  • Maintaining parks and recreation facilities including courts, fields, and playgrounds   

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