Measure D proposes to simply renew and extend Hayward's current Utility Users Tax (UUT) which was put into place by Hayward voters in 2009. UUTs are in place in virtually every Bay Area city. The UUT is paid by residents and businesses that are utility users. Utilities are defined as natural gas, electricity, telecommunications (including traditional telephone service, long distance service & cellular phone service), and video/cable television utility charges. The current UUT rate is 5.5%. Measure D keeps the UUT at the same rate, with no increases.