Did you know a new tax structure could save essential city services and provide protections for small businesses without increasing the tax burden on residents and homeowners? It’s time to modernize Oakland’s outdated 20 year-old regressive business tax structure. This is our chance to hold big wealthy corporations accountable to paying their fair share of taxes and provide tax relief to more than 20,000 small businesses in Oakland struggling to make ends meet.

We’re working to qualify the Invest in Our Oakland measure to November’s ballot so that we can transform our business tax structure and provide protections to our most impacted communities. The measure will generate $40 million for essential city services to address our unhoused neighbors’ needs, provide public safety alternatives to police, clean our streets and our parks, and keep libraries open.

Join the Invest in Our Oakland Coalition of community members, workers, small business owners, and faith leaders uniting behind Councilmembers Bas and Fife’s initiative as we work to qualify it to the ballot. Show your support for small businesses and demand an end to cuts to our city’s essential services at the Oakland City Council Rules and Legislation Committee meeting on March 31 at 10:30am. The Equitable Business Tax is the 6th item on the Agenda, click here to leave an eComment

Script: “Hello, my name is ________ and I am a resident of Oakland. I am joining today’s Rules and Legislation Committee meeting to ask City Council to support a modernized business tax that provides relief for small businesses, does not raise taxes on homeowners, and restores full funded services our neighborhoods need. Reforming our business tax structure supports our kids, essential city workers, small business owners, and communities. As we continue to recover from the pandemic, it is crucial we continue to provide protections to our most impacted residents. Thank you.”

Join City Council Mtg 3/31 at 10:30AM