San Francisco’s New Parking Tax
Effective July 1, 2020, UCSF parking rates include a 25% tax levied by the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF). The California Supreme Court ruled that the CCSF may apply a parking tax on drivers parking at public universities, as drivers use City infrastructure when traveling to and from UCSF. Previously, drivers parking at public universities had been exempt from the parking tax. UCSF made every effort to maintain an exemption for our drivers; however, the court ruled unanimously in favor of CCSF and UCSF is now required by law to collect the tax.
On July 1, 2020, all monthly permit rates were increased by 25% to reflect a new 25% parking tax levied on drivers by the City & County of San Francisco (CCSF).
Monthly Permit Rate Differential Refund
On July 1, 2021, monthly parking rates for employees and students decreased slightly, due to changes related to the application of the City’s 25% parking tax. As a result of a recent arbitration ruling, a decision was made to refund parking costs incurred by employees represented by a union in excess of 10%, which is the maximum annual increase allowed on monthly permits per current bargaining agreements.
UCSF employees represented by a union who purchased a monthly parking permit any time between July 2020 – June 2021 may be eligible for a rate differential refund.
The following table shows the amount of refund relevant to each monthly permit type. Monthly permits not listed are not eligible for a refund because the permit cost increase for this permit type was below 10%.
Employees represented by a union will receive the rate differential refund for each monthly permit purchased during the qualifying 12-month period. For example, if an employee purchased N Permit for July, August and September, he/she will receive a refund of $45 ($15 times three).
Refunds will be issued in the form of payment used by the employee when parking was purchased, either PayByPhone or a PayMyInvoice account. Refund timelines will vary depending on the form of payment, and employees should expect a refund within 45 days of submitting the refund application.
Refund applications must be received by October 31, 2021.
Update on 25% City Parking Tax:
As communicated through various channels in late February 2020, drivers who park on campus are required to pay a 25% City parking tax. The requirement to pay a 25% City parking tax was the outcome of a California Supreme Court ruling that the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) pursued concerning taxation of drivers who park at public universities in San Francisco, including at UCSF. Since July 1, 2020, UCSF’s published parking rates have included the 25% parking tax and Transportation has been remitting this City parking tax to CCSF on behalf of drivers who park in UCSF facilities, in compliance with the California Supreme Court’s ruling. For more information on the 25% City parking tax, read the UCSF Pulse article.
Recently, a grievance was filed under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement contending that UCSF’s total increase in FY 2020-21 exceeded the 10% maximum rate increase stipulated in the agreement. Pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement, the grievance was adjudicated through final and binding arbitration. The arbitrator ruled in favor of the union’s position. To comply, UCSF’s FY 2021-22 overall out-of-pocket monthly permit costs to the employee have been adjusted to stay within the 10% annual increase cap noted in the collective bargaining agreement.