The goal of our campaign is to help make San Jose a world-class city. Today, the San Jose metro area is the richest in the nation, but at the same time, San Jose has the 3rd worst roads in the nation, a $1 billion backlog for public infrastructure projects, and 450 less police officers and almost 100 less fire fighters than a decade ago.*
To help make San Jose a world-class city, we are putting forward a measure on the November 2016 ballot to modernize the business tax through a gross receipts tax, which will provide an estimated $52 million to the general fund to hire more police officers, repair the potholes, build more affordable housing, create more living wage jobs, and do so much more.
Thirty other cities have a gross receipts tax, including Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Fremont, and Los Angeles. The San Jose gross receipts tax are modest, as the business tax rates are low in comparison to the above cities, with rates at either 60 cents, 90 cents, or $1.20 per $1,000 of gross receipts depending on whether the industry generally has a low, mid, or high profit margin. In addition, small businesses (under $1 million) will be excluded from the tax. Join the campaign to help make San Jose a world-class city!
* Richest city:
* 3rd worst roads:
* 450 less police officers:
Did You Know?
Did you know that San Jose has some of the worst roads in the country and we are currently ranked #3rd for the worst roads? Our bad roads cost every car owner $737 a year.
Did you know that we have 400 less police officers and 70 less fire fighters than a decade ago.
Did you know that we have $1 billion back log in our public infrastructure?
Well, we have a chance to reverse this reality and help San Jose join other cities like Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and modernize our business tax and rebuild our city.
Join the campaign to make San Jose a world-class city!