South San Francisco, CA August 17, 2022 South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
South San Francisco Special Parcel Tax
A commercial tax measure projected to collect upwards of $50 million annually to fund early child care in South San Francisco will appear on the November ballot. The measure is opposed by a majority of the South San Francisco City Council. It is not aligned with the city’s childcare master plan. No one is opposed to childcare or the need to expand childcare in South San Francisco. This measure commits nearly 50.0% of the current city’s budget to childcare. We, the Chamber of Commerce, want to work with the City of South San Francisco to find a safe, fair and more equitable way to provide childcare. The South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is opposed to a special parcel tax on businesses.
Small businesses are already suffering- I appreciate that spirit of what he City wants to do, but putting more pressure on so many small business owners that are on the brink of ruin post-Covid is just going waaay too far. Enough with the tax and spend in California!
Just say no–and that’s for all 3 ballot measures!
Please don’t increase any tax on anyone and businesses. The city government shall provide all childcare fees, not businesses.
Please note, the City does not generate monies, rather their funds come from taxes on residents, businesses, and from grants.
I’m concerned about the increasing pressure on SSF businesses to pay for any and all sorts of services. This particular proposal will hit the medium size businesses in low slung businesses disproportionately. I object also to free childcare without any restriction on income and for workers who live outside SSF. These business taxes will ultimately be passed along to consumers. Vote NO on this proposal
50% of the cities budget to childcare spending is ridiculous and will just lead to increase taxes. There is already work at the state level to increase childcare funding for pre-K and TK, we do not need to have a special tax just in South San Francisco
While a fan of ESC, this has to be classified as old news. Anyone paying attention to the “B Movie” theatrics at the SSF City Council meetings, would already know that council members are “in the bag,” and always have been, for the business community. Specifically the “Big” business community, not small dental practices as one council member would have you believe. While I don’t know the specific ramifications, negative or positive, of this voter petition driven bill, I do know that the council gives fiscal measures disparate treatment. In this case, if you ask businesses to foot the bill, it is out of line, but if you want to saddle resident/taxpayers with the financial risk, as they did in advancing “City Owned Public Housing” to the ballot, anything goes. To those advocating for free childcare, a little advice, if you want SSF city officials to support your issue, ask for the taxpayers to pay for it.