On June 26, 2018, the City Council adopted a resolution calling a municipal election on a measure to increase the City’s transient occupancy tax (TOT) rate from 10% of the rent charged by the operator to 12% of the rent paid by the hotel guest. The measure is set to be on the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election ballot.
The City’s TOT, or Hotel Room Tax, was last changed in 1978 and does not apply to the markup charged by on-line platforms such as Airbnb. The proposed measure will change the TOT to apply to the markup charged by on-line platforms and bring the City’s TOT rate to 12%, which is the rate currently charged by most other cities with a TOT in San Mateo County. The proposed measure is expected to bring in an additional $560,000 in unrestricted general city revenues annually. The revenue would be administered by the City and used exclusively for city needs such as fixing potholes in city streets, repairing sidewalks, maintaining city police patrols and crime prevention, emergency response, maintaining parks, open space and sports fields. The State could not take any of the revenue from the City. The measure is approved if it receives at least a simple majority of votes (fifty percent plus one) at the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election.
City of Belmont Hotel Room Tax Measure
Shall a City of Belmont ordinance, providing funding that cannot be taken by the State, for city services including:
Fixing potholes, repairing streets and sidewalks;
by permanently raising the transient occupancy tax to 12% of the rent paid by guests, providing an additional $560,000 annually, with independent audits, be adopted?
To view the full text of the City Council Resolution calling for the election, click here.
If approved, the measure adopts an ordinance amending the Transient Occupancy Tax regulations in the Belmont City Code.
For additional information related to the November election, including the City Council race and other local ballot measures, click here.
Impartial Analysis and Arguments
The following will be available on this page after their indicated deadlines:
Impartial Analysis – (due August 17, 2018)
Primary Argument in Favor of Measure – (due August 17, 2018)
Rebuttal Argument in Favor of Measure – (due August 27, 2018)
Primary Argument Against Measure – (due August 17, 2018)
Rebuttal Argument Against Measure – (due August 27, 2018)