As part of the 2006 general election, Menlo Park voters passed a ballot measure imposing 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 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, and with each year since, the City Council has annually adopted a resolution to reduce the tax rate on all utilities to 1% (effective beginning Oct. 1, 2007).