Mayor Gavin Newsom uses every opportunity he can to oppose the pending tax measures being pushed through by city supervisors – and Tuesday’s luncheon sponsored by the SF Convention & Visitors Bureau was no exception.
“Folks down at City Hall don’t think you have taxed yourself enough; they actually want to increase the hotel tax by additional 2 percent,” Newsom told the audience, mostly made up of business representatives.
“I’m not ideologically opposed to new taxes, but in this economic environment the last thing we need to do is increase taxes in a city, with all due respect, that is not the lowest-taxed city in the U.S.”
He went on to make his case, saying that the business community needs to step up now more than ever before.
Why? “It’s not the only tax increase they will be debating down there.”