In the General Election on November 7, 2006, city voters passed a ballot measure that imposed a maximum 3.5% tax on gas, electrical, and water usage, and a maximum 2.5% tax on cable, telephone, and wireless services. These maximum tax rates became effective on April 1, 2007.
This type of tax, known as a Utility User Tax, will be paid by Menlo Park residents and businesses and will be collected and remitted by the utility service providers who serve them. The utility service providers will then remit the tax payments on a monthly basis to the city's Finance Division. On June 19, 2007, the City Council reduced the tax rate on all utilities to 1% effective as of October 1, 2007.