Measure E: Arts for Everyone, Doesn’t Raise Taxes - General Information

Ballot Measure: Proposition E Hotel Tax Allocations Initiative Ordinance

Summary: Proposition E aims to secure arts funding to the Grants for the Arts and the SF Arts Commission. It will allocate a portion of the projected revenue increase of the Hotel Tax to fund development of cultural equity programs for underserved communities, arts programming, and funding for Cultural Districts and Cultural Centers in San Francisco - this November election, 2018.

* For informational purposes only; this is proponent information developed by the campaign coalition San Franciscans for the Arts; no opponent document/information has been developed

Cosponsored by:                                        

Supervisor Aaron Peskin

Supervisor Norman Yee

Supervisor Katy Tang

Supervisor Malia Cohen

Supervisor Rafael Mandelman


The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in support of this measure and it has earned the endorsement of Mayor London Breed.

Key Highlights of the Measure:


Without raising taxes or taking funding away from other city services, Prop E would use some of the money from the economic boom to reinvest in the fabric of our communities and make the arts more accessible and affordable to ALL San Franciscans.

Prop E will ensure that our children have more access to the arts through programming and accessibility, encouraging their creativity and development.

Prop E will fund cultural equity programs for underserved communities through increasing funds for Cultural Equity Endowment fund, creating funding for Cultural Districts, and increasing funding for Cultural Centers.

The San Francisco Hotel Tax generates roughly $400 million each year, with an 8% base tax and a 6% surcharge tax. This ordinance would subject a portion (1.5%) of the growth of the 8% base tax to specific allocations, and the remaining 6.5% of the 8% base tax would continue to go into the General Fund. For more details/FAQ on the Measure click here. For a current list of endorsers click here.

Current Endorsements & Signatories of Ballot Arguments in Support of Prop E:


Mayor London Breed

Supervisor Jane Kim

Supervisor Katy Tang

Supervisor Norman Yee

Supervisor Aaron Peskin

Former State Senator Tom Ammiano

State Senator Scott Wiener

The Hotel Council of San Francisco

Assemblymember David Chiu

Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy Committee

Assemblymember Phil Ting

The San Francisco Labor Law & Legislative Committee

Board of Supervisors President Malia Cohen

Alice B Toklas LGBT Democratic Club

Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer

United Educators of San Francisco

Supervisor Catherine Stefani

AFT Local 2121

Supervisor Vallie Brown

Theatrical Stage Employees Local 16

A broad coalition of artists and arts organizations have partnered with the City of San Francisco, including the Mayor’s office, on Prop E to restore the historical connection of arts and culture funding from the Hotel Tax.

This coalition includes*:

Actors’ Equity Association

San Francisco Ballet

Alonzo King Lines Ballet

San Francisco Film Society

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center

San Francisco Performances 

American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco Opera

Arts for a Better Bay Area (with community support/feedback)

San Francisco Shakespeare

Calle 24 Latino Cultural District

San Francisco Symphony

Chinese Cultural Center SF


Compton’s Transgender Cultural District


Contemporary Jewish Museum

SOMArts Cultural Center


SOMA Pilipinas

Root Division

Theatre Bay Area

Japantown Task Force

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

*This is a partial list

** If you haven't taken our survey gauging your support for Measure E, please take it here (2-3 mins.), and SHARE, thank you.                                    

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