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Updates on Measure W (Vacant Property Tax)

Date Posted: September 25th, 2019 @ 8:37 AM
Last Updated: December 16th, 2019 @ 2:44 PM
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The Measure W (Vacant Property Tax) Implementation Ordinance will be heard at the November 5th City Council Meeting.

This Measure has been a big topic in District 4 and currently the Administration is putting forth language that, I believe, honors the spirit of Measure "W". The language goes after the speculators who are sitting on vacant land for profit, but provides exemptions for adjoining parcels for use as yard space, low income households, land that is unbuildable, and others.

Your voices are important and have been heard by me and the Administration. Thank you so much for stepping up and making sure this tax is equitable and works for all of Oakland.

If you have questions please reach out to my office at

Additionally, the Finance Department is available to answer questions in person Monday through Friday at 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 5432 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. You may also contact the Finance Department at 510-238-3084 or

Click here to review the proposed ordinance.