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San Francisco Announces All Phone Calls From County Jails Are Now Free
Mayor London N. Breed, Sheriff Paul Miyamoto, and Treasurer José Cisneros announced that all phone calls from county jails are now free, effective today. San Francisco County is the first in the country to permanently stop generating revenue from incarcerated people and their families through phone calls, commissary markups, or other services. In providing free phone calls, the Sheriff’s Office negotiated a first-in-the-nation fixed rate contract with GTL, a jail phone service contractor, to ensure the lowest possible cost to the City and taxpayers.
San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros and the and the California Reinvestment Coalition Call for Banks to Take Bold Action to Invest in Communities of Color During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment (SFOFE) and the California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) released a collaborative report today reviewing banking relief efforts for consumers and borrowers during COVID-19, and offering recommendations for reform. The report, titled “Pre-Existing Conditions: Assessing the Financial Services Response to Racism, Inequality, and COVID-19” details how banking relief as currently offered has been inconsistent, insufficiently transparent, and inadequate, and calls on banks and credit unions to work with local governments and consumer advocates and take bolder action to support account-holders, borrowers and their communities as a whole.
Mayor London Breed and Treasurer José Cisneros Announce Additional Fee Deferrals to Support Businesses During COVID-19
Mayor London N. Breed and Treasurer José Cisneros today announced the City will continue to defer collection of Business Registration Fees and the Unified License Fees until March 1, 2021. Unified License Fees include charges from City departments to restaurants and food businesses, bars, convenience stores, many small retailers, hotels, tour operators, and other businesses. The previously announced deferral on business taxes for small businesses and additional supports for small businesses remain in place.
City and County of San Francisco Pivots to Fully-Remote Implementation, Meets Deadline for New Cloud-Based Property Tax Billing & Collection System
The San Francisco Offices of the Treasurer & Tax Collector and Controller announced today the on-time and on-budget implementation of a new cloud-based tax billing and collection system that will process hundreds of thousands of property tax bills and payments totaling over $3 billion annually. TaxSys®, built by government software provider Grant Street Group, replaces a mainframe system that has been in use for over 50 years.
San Francisco’s Kindergarten to College Program Releases Report on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Saving for College
The experience of the Kindergarten to College (K2C) program run out of the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector shows that despite economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, San Francisco families remain committed to saving for college. The report shows that while program savings declined, remarkably few families have requested emergency withdrawals, and families remain engaged with program activities.
Mayor London Breed Launches Second Summer of San Francisco Museums For All
Mayor London N. Breed today announced the second summer of the San Francisco Museums For All initiative, which will build upon last year’s program to provide free or reduced admissions to local museums and cultural institutions for low-income San Franciscans who receive public benefits, including Medi-Cal and CalFresh.
Joint Statement on Addressing Systemic Racism - Office of Financial Empowerment & Financial Justice Project
On this Juneteenth, the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment and the San Francisco Financial Justice Project stand in solidarity with the Black community and all those who demand racial justice. A day that should be joyous is also one of sadness as we share the pain and outrage across the country sparked by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others. These murders are the result of a system and a society that fundamentally
devalues Black experience, bodies, and lives. Our country must acknowledge, address, and eliminate systemic racism in all forms, including within the imposition of government fines and fees and the financial system.
San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros and Board President Yee Announce May 15 Property Tax Deadline
San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros and Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee announced the new deadline for property tax payments will be May 15, 2020 pending approval by the Board of Supervisors at its next meeting on Tuesday, May 5. With the Board of Supervisors approval, this will be the final property tax deadline with no further deferrals. The 2019/2020 2nd installment property tax deadline has been deferred from the original date of April 10 to alleviate the growing financial burdens on San Francisco taxpayers due to COVID-19.
Mayor London Breed and Treasurer José Cisneros Announce New Measures to Support Businesses in Response to COVID-19
Mayor London N. Breed and Treasurer José Cisneros today announced new measures to support San Francisco businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. These efforts include deferring collection of the Business Registration Fee for four months and further deferring collection of Unified License Fees. Unified License Fees include charges from City departments to restaurants and food businesses, bars, convenience stores, many small retailers, hotels, tour operators, and other businesses. The previously announced deferral on business taxes for small businesses and additional supports for small businesses remain in place.
Roundup of San Francisco Actions to Alleviate the Burden of Government Fines, Fees and Collections During the COVID-19 Crisis
In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, many City and County of San Francisco departments are acting to alleviate the impact of fines, fees, and collections on low-income residents hardest hit by this crisis. Departments are taking these steps to stem the harms of the public health and economic crisis and ensure that fines and fees are not an additional barrier to people’s basic needs throughout this emergency. The Financial Justice Project compiled a roundup of actions departments and the courts are taking in response to the crisis to alleviate the burden of fines, fees, financial penalties, and collections. This list may grow in the coming weeks. We will continue to update it. See the roundup of fine and fee actions here
Mayor London Breed and Board of Supervisors Announce $10 Million Small Business Relief Fund to Support Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Mayor London N. Breed, Board of Supervisors Budget Chair Sandra Fewer, Supervisor Hillary Ronen, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) announced today their commitment to launch a new Small Business Emergency Loan Fund to support small businesses facing sudden revenue loss from COVID-19. The $10 million fund commits $9 million to a new Emergency Loan Fund, and an additional $1 million to expand the COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund. The Resiliency Fund has received more than 2,000 applications since launching on March 11th.
Mayor London Breed and Board President Norman Yee Appoint Treasurer Cisneros to COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force
Mayor London N. Breed and Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee today announced the creation of a COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force. The Task Force is charged with guiding the City’s efforts to sustain and recover local businesses and employment, and mitigate the economic hardships that are already affecting the most vulnerable San Franciscans. Their work will support San Francisco organizations and individuals throughout the remainder of the Shelter-in-Place Order, and will lay the groundwork for economic recovery once the City has made meaningful progress containing COVID-19.
San Francisco to Suspend Power and Water Shutoffs, Waive Penalties and Interest for Delinquent Payments
Mayor London N. Breed today announced that the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will no longer shut off water or power for delinquent payments, and that both the SFPUC and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will no longer add penalties on to delinquent payments during the City’s Local Emergency response to coronavirus. These actions are part of the City’s response to reduce financial impacts on individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
San Francisco Announces Measures to Support Small Businesses in Response to COVID-19
Mayor London N. Breed today announced measures to support small businesses in San Francisco that are experiencing a slowdown in business as a result of COVID‑19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus. She was joined by Senator Scott Wiener, Treasurer José Cisneros, City Controller Ben Rosenfield, Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, Board President Norman Yee, Supervisor Aaron Peskin, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for the announcement at a small business in Chinatown.
Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector Public Budget Hearing and Opportunity for Public Comment
The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector held a public budget hearing on Thursday, February 6 regarding our budget priorities for the FY2020-21 & FY2021-22 budget cycle. The hearing provided an opportunity for comments from members of the public. You may view the hearing agenda, budget presentation and submit comments using the public comment form below.