Video: San Mateo Car Rental Tax Wins by Small Majority

Video courtesy of and by

According to results released June 13 from San Mateo County’s June 5 election, with all precincts reporting and all mail-in ballots counted, Measure T passed with 50.09% of voters approving the 2.5% tax on gross receipts of car rental businesses in unincorporated areas of the county, including the San Francisco International Airport.

The vote difference was less than 200 votes, with mail-in ballots and early voting counts tipping the scaled to “yes.”

The other two travel-related tax measures that were on San Mateo County residents’ ballot did not pass. You can read more about the taxes here.

The official results will be released after the county counts a sampling of the votes by hand, as required by California law. According to a San Mateo County press release, the elections board expects to be done with the “One Percent Manual Tally” no later than July 3.

As you can watch in the video above by, San Francisco has some of the highest excise tax rates on the rental car industry, with more than half of what customers spend on a rental contract goes to fees and taxes.

- Joanne M. Tucker

Comment On This Story

Comment: (Max. 10000 characters)  
Please leave blank:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.


Newsletter: Sign up to receive latest news, articles, and much more.

Read the latest

Auto Focus Blog: A blog covering fleets, auto rental and the business of cars

Trends Moving the Truck Market

Storylines that emerged from the 2018 Work Truck Show include the increasing need for on-site productivity, inclusion of active safety systems in trucks, DPF frustrations affecting product decisions, data management, and the growing link between fleet management and company revenue.

MIT Study Reinforces the Newfound Importance of Fleet

Uber and Lyft drivers make far less when factoring vehicle expenses, though the actual numbers are now in dispute. A proper lifecycle cost analysis would’ve helped, and shows the benefit of collaboration with fleet professionals.

What a Connected Fleet Means to Avis (and Car Rental)

Counter bypass is just the beginning. The promise of a “data-driven ecosystem” that connects renters with the rental agency, retail services, and even the city is a better managed fleet, an improved user experience, and new revenue opportunities during the rental itself.

Job Finder: Access Top Talent. Fill Key Positions.