San Francisco: Tax on Uber, Lyft rides heading to voters

A tax on fares charged to riders of transportation services like Uber and Lyft is heading to the November ballot.

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee approved of the tax Wednesday and the full board is expected to vote next week to place it on the Nov. 5 ballot.

“The goals are very simple. This is a traffic congestion mitigation tax,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who proposed the tax along with Mayor London Breed. “We all know that up there with homelessness and housing affordability, traffic congestion is one of the top concerns of the people of the City and County of San Francisco.”