San Francisco Voters Say No to Hotel Tax Increase

San Franciscans like jobs and conventions better than new taxes, it appears. Voters said no to the city's proposed Proposition J, which would have increased the city's hotel tax by two points, making hotel rooms in San Francisco the most highly taxed in the nation at 17.5 percent.

"The people of San Francisco have spoken. By rejecting this measure, San Francisco has avoided cancellations of upcoming conventions and millions of dollars of lost business for years to come," said Joe D'Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau. He added that rejecting Prop J also protected more than 2,000 jobs.

If the proposition had passed, word was that many conventions and events in the city would have been canceled. "We had already received notice from our convention customers that they have to cancel events they had already booked if the measure passed," D'Alessandro said. 


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