Council Member Positions
The General Municipal Election will be held in the Town of Colma on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 for two (2) Council Member positions, serving full four-year terms. The following people are qualified nominees for the positions:
Helen Fisicaro, Councilmember / Businesswoman
Joanne F. del Rosario, Incumbent
The following candidate statements have been submitted by the nominees and are being provided as supplemental information. If you would like more information, please see San Mateo County’s Voter Guide or visit their website (link: https://www.smcacre.org/november-6-2018-election-information).
Ballot Measure PP
The General Municipal Election will also include the following measure to be voted upon by the qualified electors of the Town of Colma:
Colma Transient Occupancy (“Hotel”) Tax Measure
To maintain and improve general Town services, such as police service levels, street operations and maintenance, as well as parks, community buildings and infrastructure; shall the Town of Colma adopt an ordinance establishing a 12% Transient Occupancy (“Hotel”) Tax generating approximately $ 319,000 annually until ended by voters, if a hotel is developed, requiring annual audits and no tax rate increase without voter approval?”
Yes ________ No _________
The City Attorney has prepared the following impartial analysis of the measure; this is being provided as supplemental information. If you would like more information, please see San Mateo County’s Voter Guide or visit their website (link: https://www.smcacre.org/november-6-2018-election-information).
Measure PP Impartial Analysis
Measure PP was placed on the ballot by the Colma City Council and, if approved by a majority of Colma voters, will amend the Municipal Code to establish a transient occupancy tax (“TOT”), also generally known as a “hotel” tax, at the maximum rate of twelve percent (12%) of rent paid by guests in order to occupy a room or space in a hotel or similar lodging (referred to herein as a “hotel”). This TOT would be imposed upon occupancy of a room or hotel space within the City, for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes, for a period of thirty (30) consecutive days or less. Measure PP would also clarify that the tax applies to the full rent paid by the hotel guest for occupancy, whether payment is made directly to a hotel operator or to a third-party “rental agent” for booking purposes (i.e., online travel companies and online short term rental companies).
The tax rate set by Measure PP can be increased or decreased by the City Council, provided it does not exceed the voter-approved maximum rate. It is anticipated that this rate increase will generate a potential additional $319,000 in new revenues dependent on when a hotel is established in the Town.
Measure PP would be a “general tax”. All revenue from this tax would be deposited into the City’s General Fund and could be used for general City operations and services, including police enforcement, emergency response, parks, youth and senior services, and street repair. Pursuant to State Law, a “general tax” requires approval by a majority of the City’s voters voting at an election.
A “yes” vote on Measure PP will approve the TOT Tax.
A “no” vote on Measure PP will not approve the TOT Tax.
The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure PP. If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the City Clerk’s office at (650) 997-8300 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.
/s/ Christopher J. Diaz, City Attorney