Video: San Mateo Car Rental Tax Wins by Small Majority

Video courtesy of and by ABC15.com.

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 ABC15.com, 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

Name:  
Email:  
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

Why Do We Visit Capitol Hill?

Members of the American Car Rental Association met with U.S. senators, representatives, and their aides last week. Here’s why bringing the message to this forum matters.

The Customer Isn’t Always Right

Not caving to a customer with a blatant agenda may have consequences, especially for a small rental company that relies on stellar Yelp ratings to advertise. But business integrity must prevail.

The Truth Behind Compact Van Depreciation

Why are large van values holding up better than their compact counterparts, and will it last?

Job Finder: Access Top Talent. Fill Key Positions.