League of Women Voters of California
Temporary Transient Tax Surcharge
City of Oakland
Municipal Code Amendment - Majority Approval Required
34411 / 43.4% Yes votes ...... 44835 / 56.6% No votes
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Shall the Oakland Municipal Code be amended in order to provide for a three percent (3%) temporary (five year) surcharge to the City's transient occupancy tax rate?
The current transient occupancy tax rate is eleven percent (11%). The surcharge would increase the amount of transient occupancy tax paid to fourteen percent (14%) for a five-year period.
The City may expend revenue it receives from the surcharge for any general fund purpose.
This tax surcharge revenue will be deposited into the City's General Fund subject to appropriation pursuant to the budget and fiscal provisions of the City Charter. An accompanying advisory measure (Resolution 77325) will allow the voters to determine if they want this tax surcharge revenue to be spent on violence prevention programs.
Hotel operators will collect this three percent (3%) transient occupancy tax surcharge from their room occupants. For example, a $100 room rate will have a $3 tax surcharge.
There will be administrative costs associated with this measure; however, these costs cannot be determined until program implementation.
s/ROLAND E. SMITH, CPA City Auditor
All revenues the City receives from the temporary surcharge will be deposited in the general fund of the City and can be expended by the City for any general fund purpose.
A "Yes" vote is a vote in favor of authorizing imposition of a three percent (3%) temporary surcharge to the City's transient occupancy tax rate.
A "No" vote is a vote against the imposition of a three percent (3%) temporary surcharge to the City's transient occupancy tax rate.
Measure II is submitted to the voters of the City in accordance with the Constitution of the State of California. In order to pass, a "Yes" vote by a majority (50%+1) of the voters voting on the measure is required.
s/JOHN RUSSO City Attorney
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|Arguments For Measure II||Arguments Against Measure II|
|This measure, together with Measures GG and HH will provide the necessary revenues to fund our violence prevention campaign. It is no secret that violent crime and particularly murders have increased recently. We must take decisive action to reverse this dangerous trend. Measure II provides the money to do so.
With hard economic times in the Bay Area, Oakland has had to cut back on many programs. If we are to add 100 more police and carry out the specific crime prevention programs described in the Advisory Measure FF, we need more city revenues. This is what the temporary surcharge of Measure II makes possible.
For five years only, a three (3) % surcharge will be added to the hotel and motel bills which visitors pay for staying in Oakland. It is only fair that those who come into our city and benefit from all the public investments pay their fair share.
Fighting crime, helping troubled youth, reducing domestic violence and assisting returning parolees simply cannot be done without more money. Having our visitors pay a little more on their hotel room bills is a small price to pay for increased personal safety and public well-being.
Please help keep Oakland on the move. Vote the revenue needed to support our violence prevention programs.
For more information, see http://www.jerrybrown.org.
VOTE YES ON II.
Mayor of Oakland
An alternative: Youth, adults construct
• Bicycles Inside Hitching Posts. See Caltrain's Bicycle Car, other city council chambers bicycle friendly inside: Palo Alto, Union City, Menlo Park, Newark, San Jose. Oakland's City Hall, too, can be green! Bicycles replace cars when bicycles can always be within owners' sight and ready reach.
• Automated Bicycle Garage! Compared with a vehicle garage: for the land/space $106 vs. $945, 1:9; and for the construction cost/space $1600 vs. $8514, 1:5.
Try on buses!
Tell AC Transit to use • Local bus manufacturer for new buses federally funded 80% and local labor instead of shipping $61,000,000+ and XXXXX jobs to Belgium; 100% from local operating and maintenance funds - causing AC Transit deficit, fare hikes, and service cuts!
• Small, quiet, non-diesel buses, 1/4$$ to buy, 1/2$$ to operate, and without diesel Riders' -, neighborhoods' -, and taxpayers'-friendly. Chemical toxins and noise - 85 dB!
Walk the talk, No on II and yes on the above!
s/NANCY JEWELL CROSS, CEO
Clean Air Transport Systems
|California state and local governments are trying to raise money in times hard for many people. - To raise billions, from us! Bonds offer the wealthy tax-exemption, cost us 40% more. Prices shock us as increasing fees and taxes insert themselves.
The price of a hotel or motel room commonly includes the cost of vehicle storage, complimentarily. The cost is not credited to a non-user. The land for a room and a car space is about equal, except that an 18-wheeler may take 10x as much space as human sleeping room, with the cost to provide put onto other tenants' bills!
If we are going to get human shelter for everyone, we have to unbundle imposing complimentary vehicle storage costs onto other people seeking shelter only for themselves. We need to think carefully whether we want to tax shelter in a hotel or motel because people may be residents of another county, city, or country, or if of this city, county, and country, unable by homeless status to vote in the practicalities # easy scapegoats for city burdens.
Also visitors who may not vote here may spend here, and higher from the tax, avoid coming. Loss of tourist business may break businesses we cherish! Churches' and police resources to help persons in desperate circumstances with vouchers for a night or two or a few weeks will dry sooner with this insensitive-to-shelter as such tax.
Concept complimentary land use, if any, priority for human shelter! Vote No on this measure!
s/NANCY JEWELL CROSS, Chief Executive Officer
Clean Air Transport Systems
The sole opponent to Measure II is non-Oakland resident. For some reason, she asserts that Oakland hotels include the cost of parking in the price of the room. That is simply not true. Visitors are always charged extra if they want their car parked in the hotel garage.
But the important point is that Oakland must do more to fight crime! Every person in the city, whether visitor or resident, has the right to be more secure.
That's the purpose of Measure II and the reason why you should vote for it.
VOTE YES ON MEASURE II.
s/JERRY BROWN Mayor
|Full Text of Measure II|
|WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Oakland desires to amend the Oakland Municipal Code in order to provide for a three percent (3%) temporary surcharge to the City's transient occupancy tax rate; and
WHEREAS, all revenues received from any increase will be deposited in the general fund of the City to be expended for general fund purposes; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: That the City Council of the City of Oakland does hereby submit to the voters at the November 5, 2002 special election the text of the proposed ordinance, which shall be as follows:
SECTION 1. The Municipal Code is hereby amended to add, delete, or modify sections as set forth below (section numbers and titles are indicated in bold type; additions are indicated by underscoring and deletions are indicated by
SECTION 2. The Municipal Code is hereby amended by adding Section 4.24.031 to read as follows:
If rent is paid in installments the rent so paid, charged, billed or falling due shall be subject (1) to the tax of eleven percent imposed by Section 4.24.030 to the extent that it covers any portion of the period prior to February 1, 2003, and (2) to the three percent (3%) surcharge imposed herein to the extent that it covers any portion of the period between February 1, 2003 and February 1, 2008. Where any tax has been paid hereunder upon any rent without any right of occupancy therefore, the Tax Administrator may, by regulation, provide for credit or refund of the amount of such tax upon application therefore as provided in this Code.
The surcharge imposed by this Section shall expire on February 2, 2008.