Before it has even taken shape, Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposal to increase the hotel tax could be feeling the squeeze.
Faulconer’s proposal would raise hotel taxes by up to 3 percent, depending on a hotel’s proximity to the convention center, to fund a convention center expansion and create new pools of money for infrastructure repairs and homelessness support.
But the measure is facing the same heavy lift as any other tax increase to fund a specific purpose: It requires the support of two-thirds of voters, and therefore basically can’t withstand any organized opposition.
Last fall, for instance, the countywide transportation tax Measure A found itself fighting two fronts of opposition. Labor groups and environmentalists opposed it from the left, while the Republican Party worked against it from the right.
Faulconer’s hotel tax could be facing the same fate.
Last week, Brigette Browning, president of Unite Here, the local union of hotel, restaurant and gaming workers, said her union does not support Faulconer’s proposal.
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The Mayor's proposal should be dead on arrival for 2 reasons:
1) It would increase the existing blockage of the bay even more!
2) It provides for just a pittence of the bond proceeds to be directed to programs for the homeless.
We need a ballot measure to outlaw all special elections. They cost the TAXPAYERS money. Now if the mayor or the politicians want to pay for them out of their own pockets that would be fine. We have two elections every other year - a primary and a general election. That is enough.
So Mr. Mayor, anytime we have a special election, I am voting against whatever change is on the ballot. Hopefully all other voters will send the politicians the same message.
@Bob Gardner you are so right!!!! This is a terrible decision at a time when the city is facing a budget deficit. Our elected leaders are talking about cutting programs and services to the community to the tune of $81M and this mayor wants to spend $5-$12M on a special elections for a poorly planned tax increase???
The idea of a special election in an off-year also defies the will of the voters, who decided last year (Measure L) that all measures and propositions should be placed on the November general election. That is when the most people vote and important decisions like this should be made with the highest possible participation.