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Business Tax Reform

In 2012, sf.citi built a broad coalition and on behalf of the technology industry to successfully pass Proposition E, a business payroll tax reform measure that encourages startup and small business growth. Passing with overwhelming support of voters on November 5, 2012, San Francisco's payroll tax system will transition to a gross receipts formula to foster job creation, small business and startup growth, fair business taxes and better city services. As the measure becomes implemented, sf.citi will continue to engage our membership in the implementation process along with the City Treasurer, Treasurer's Policy and Legislative Manager, City Controller, and Chief Economist from the City Controller's Office.

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SAN FRANCISCO WINS!
November 7, 2012

Yesterday your voice was heard. The passage of San Francisco's ballot initiatives were part of an overall approach to maintain San Francisco as a world class City by improving our community colleges, revitalizing our parks, providing affordable housing, reforming our antiquated tax structure to support job creation and protecting our region's clean water. Thanks to all of you we moved an agenda that enhances our beloved City.

Over the last few weeks sf.citi has been encouraging you to Vote Yes on E and last night the measure passed 71 to 29, exceeding all of our expectations. San Francisco will no longer tax companies for creating jobs.

In addition to Measure E all of the ballot measures that sf.citi recommended passed and Proposition F was defeated!

  • PROP A: City College of San Francisco Parcel Tax PASSED
  • PROP B: San Francisco "Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks" bond proposition PASSED
  • PROP C: San Francisco Creation of a Housing Trust Fund PASSED
  • PROP D: San Francisco Consolidation of Odd-Year Municipal Elections PASSED   
  • PROP E: San Francisco Gross Receipts Tax on Businesses PASSED
  • PROP F: San Francisco Water Sustainability and Environmental Restoration/Hetch Hetchy Reservoir DEFEATED

sf.citi looks forward to continuing to leverage the collective power of the tech sector as a force for civic action in San Francisco.



THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE ENDORSES PROPOSITION E

October 14, 2012

San Francisco's Proposition E is about encouraging job creation and bringing equity to business tax policy. It would replace the payroll tax - San Francisco is the only city in California with a payroll tax, which discourages businesses from adding new employees - with a gross receipts tax, which more than three dozen cities in California already use successfully. Proposition E has been endorsed by business and labor, by the mayor and every single member of the Board of Supervisors. It gets our endorsement, too. READ THE FULL ENDORSEMENT HERE >>



SF.CITI LAUNCHES NEW VIDEO

October 9, 2012

Tech leaders came together to imagine a smarter San Francisco. Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, Hosain Rahman, and Brian Chesky consider what's possible.

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SF.CITI STRONGLY SUPPORTS PROPOSITION E

September 9, 2012

sf.citi has been working over the past several months evaluating emerging proposals, building consensus, driving dialogue, and working with Mayor Lee, the Board of Supervisors, City Controller, and representatives from community organizations and all business sectors within San Francisco to change the City's antiquated tax policies, benefitting the overall economic health of our City moving into the future. Looking at alternatives to the City's current payroll tax, consensus coalesced around a gross receipts model.

sf.citi was proud to announce that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a consensus business tax reform measure for the November 6th, 2012 ballot. sf.citi welcomes this broad-based, fair solution that will improve city services for our residents and make San Francisco a better place to live and do business. The goal is to shift from the current payroll tax formula to a gross receipts model that benefits job creation, protects small business owners, and will incentivize growth and entrepreneurship.

The consensus business tax reform measure is officially designated Proposition E for the November 6th, 2012 ballot. Small business, local manufacturers, technology, industry, community organizations, and City leaders came together in a diverse coalition to build Proposition E, moving San Francisco forward with fair business taxes, more good jobs, and better city services.


Mayor Lee, President Chiu & Supervisor Avalos Reach Agreement on Consensus Business Tax Reform Measure for November 2012 Ballot
July 31, 2012

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sf.citi is proud to announce that the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a consensus business tax reform measure for the November ballot. sf.citi welcomes this broad-based, fair solution that will improve city services and make San Francisco a better place to live and do business. The goal is to shift from the current payroll tax formula to a gross receipts model that benefits job creation, protects small business owners, and will incentivize growth and entrepreneurship. Read More.


Mayor Lee, President Chiu & Supervisor Avalos Reach Agreement on Consensus Business Tax Reform Measure for November 2012 Ballot
July 23, 2012

San Francisco, CA–Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisor John Avalos today announced they have reached agreement on a consensus measure for the November 2012 ballot to reform San Francisco’s business tax structure, create more than 1,750 new private sector jobs on an average annual basis and generate $28.5 million in new revenue for the City’s general fund in its first year.

“San Francisco is the only city in California with a payroll tax, and the time to stop punishing companies for creating jobs in our City is long overdue,” said Mayor Lee. “I am very pleased we have reached agreement on a single business tax reform measure that will generate new general fund revenue for infrastructure, economic and community development and one that has wide support from business and labor and members of the Board of Supervisors. I am looking forward to working together this November to end the tax on jobs and help our City’s small businesses and innovative entrepreneurs thrive and create more jobs for our residents. I want to thank Controller Ben Rosenfield, City Economist Ted Egan and their hardworking staff for their months of effort to develop a fair, equitable and broad-based business tax reform measure.” Read More.

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