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2018 General Municipal Election

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018,  the City of San Carlos will hold a General Municipal Election for:

1) The election of three seats on the City Council, each for a four-year term;

2) Measure QQ  - Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Measure; and 

3) Measure NN - Cannabis Business Tax Measure.

City Council Candidates

The Nomination and Filing Period for the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election closed at 5:00 PM on August 15, 2018.  

To view the five qualified City Council Candidates, click here.

Residents interested in being a write-in candidate may pull and file candidacy papers between Monday, September 10th through Tuesday, October 23rd. Please contact the City Clerk to make an appointment.

Measure QQ - Transient Occupancy Tax

A Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) is a charge for travelers who stay in hotels and other lodging establishments for  a period of thirty (30) days or less. The City of San Carlos’ current TOT rate has remained at 10 percent for the last 29 years and ranks as the lowest amongst the cities in San Mateo County. 

At their June 11, 2018 meeting, the City Council authorized a measure to be placed on the Nov. 6, 2018 election ballot for San Carlos voters to consider increasing the TOT by 2 percent effective Jan. 1, 2019, with an additional 0.5 percent increase each subsequent Jan. 1, up to a maximum of 14 percent. 

Want to see more information on Measure QQ? Click here

Measure NN - Cannabis Business Tax

At their June 25, 2018 meeting, the City Council authorized a measure to be placed on the Nov. 6, 2018, election ballot for San Carlos voters to consider imposing an excise tax of up to 10 percent on any cannabis business that opens for unrestricted revenue purposes. 

Want to see more information on Measure NN? Click here

Register to Vote

You may register to vote online or by completing a registration form and mailing it in.  Forms are available at the following locations:

  • Public libraries.
  • Department of Motor Vehicle offices.
  • Post offices.
  • City Clerk’s Office at San Carlos City Hall. Simply stop by, call or email to request a form.

For more information on elections, including where and how to vote, please visit the County Election website.