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November 7, 2017 — Local Elections
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City of Burlingame
Measure I - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

3,396 votes yes (63.2%)

1,977 votes no (36.8%)

100% of precincts reporting (13/13).

47,173 ballots counted.

Enact a one-quarter cent rate transactions and use tax
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To maintain/improve Burlingame's quality of life, including essential City facilities and services such as maintaining city streets, sidewalks and potholes; enhancing neighborhood police patrols/crime prevention programs; maintaining recreation programs and safe facilities for youth/teens; and other essential city services, shall the City of Burlingame enact an ongoing, 1/4 cent sales tax with authority to incur debt to accelerate infrastructure projects, providing $2,000,000 annually, with annual audits, independent citizens' oversight, and all funds spent locally?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vote Yes on Measure I to support essential city services like pothole repair and neighborhood police patrols for a safer, better Burlingame.

 

We all enjoy living in Burlingame with strong local schools, beautiful parks, and safe and desirable neighborhoods. In order to sustain our high quality of life, we all agree that it is important to maintain city streets, sidewalks, parks, and neighborhood police patrols.

Measure I is a fiscally responsible solution to repair potholes, support essential city services, and maintain our streets, roads, and sidewalks. By acting now, we can save taxpayers millions, ensuring that much needed repairs are completed before our roads deteriorate further and become even more expensive to fix.

Measure I can also enhance neighborhood police patrols and crime prevention programs and maintain beloeved recreation programs for youth, teens, and seniors.

Most importantly, every penny of Measure I must stay in Burlingame to maintain local services. By law, the state and federal government can't touch Measure I.

Voting Yes on Measure I will support essential city services in Burlingame such as:

 * repairing potholes and maintaining city streets and sidewalks

 * enhancing neighborhood police patrols and crime prevention programs

 * improving safe routes to school

 * providing adequate, safe park and recreation facilities and programs for youth, teens, and seniors

The Fiscally Responsible Choice for a Better Burlingame

 *By law, all funds from Measure I must stay in Burlingame; nothing can be taken by the state or federal governments

 * Measure I can't be used for city administrator salaries

 * Independent citizens' oversight, mandatory financial audits, and yearly reports to the community ensure all funds are spent as promised

 * Measure I makes certain Burlingame's visitors pay their fair share for their impact on our roads.

Now is the time to protect and maintain our quality of life and keep Burlingame safe and desirable. Please join us: Vote Yes on Measure I.

/s/ Jack Van Etten, Retired Police Chief

/s/ Cathryn Baylock, Former Mayor of Burlingame

/s/ Carol Yasuda-Terrones, Burlingame Parks and Recreation Foundation Director

/s/ Janet Martin, Burlingame Business Owner

/s/ Mark Intrieri, Burlingame Elementary School District Trustee 

Arguments AGAINST

The Burlingame City Council in their resolution authorizing this proposed sales tax increase notes that Burlingame has over $100 million in unmet infrastructure needs for projects."

They also project that this sales tax increase is going to bring in "$2,000,000 annually."

In other words, this sales tax increase will take 50 years to finish the projects they say are a priority for Burlingame. Really, 50 years!!

But if all of these projects are truly a Burlingame City Council priority, why are they NOT in the current budget?

Budgets are how governments set spending priorities.

Clearly "pot hole repair" and "maintaining city streets" are not priorities, according to their current budget. Nor is "enhancing neighborhood police patrols/crime prevention programs."

Really??? Do you agree???

When governments put tax increases on the ballot, they are indirectly saying everything in our current budget is MORE important than the projects supposedly to be funded by this sales tax increase.

Furthermore, another sales tax increase will not only drive more purchases to Internet businesses, such as Amazon, where sales taxes are not collected at all and away from local businesses, further hurting the local economy but it will also hurt those on fixed incomes the hardest, i.e. the poor, the elderly, the disabled, and those on fixed incomes.

Sales taxes are regressive taxes that hurt the poor the most.

Our city government clearly has a spending problem. Giving them more revenue will not fix that problem. We taxpayers can't live beyond our means and neither should our government.

Tell them to be responsible by voting NO on Measure I.

Vote NO on the Burlingame Sales Tax increase.

For more information: www.svtaxpayers.org/burlingamesalestax 

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association

/s/ Harland Harrison, Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County 

 

Replies to Arguments FOR

Proponents say, "Measure I is a fiscally responsible solution to repair potholes ..."

However, their own resolution placing this tax increase on the ballot says otherwise.

Their resolution authorizing this proposed sales tax increase notes that Burlingame has "over $100 million in unmet infrastructure needs for projects..."

They project "$2,000,000 annually" in revenues from this tax increase.

In other words, this sales tax increase will take 50 years to finish the projects they say are a priority for Burlingame. Really, 50 years!!

When governments put tax increases on the ballot, they are indirectly saying everything in our current budget is MORE important than the projects supposedly to be funded by this sales tax increase.

Another sales tax increase will not only drive more purchases to online businesses, such as Amazon, where sales taxes can be avoided and away from local businesses, further hurting the local economy, furthermore it will hurt those on fixed incomes the hardest, i.e., the poor, the elderly, the disabled, and retired folks.

Tell them to be responsible by voting NO on Measure I.

Vote NO on the Burlingame Sales Tax increase.

For more information: www.svtaxpayers.org/burlingamesalestax 

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association

/s/ Harland Harrison, Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County 

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

The authors of the argument against Measure I are simply not qualified to address the issues facing our City. They do not live in Burlingame and have opposed virtually every local funding measure in San Mateo County over the last decade.

As business leaders, public safety experts, and longtime Burlingame residents, we know that Measure I is the smart choice for a stronger, safer Burlingame.

Measure I is the fiscally responsible solution to fix our roads. Rather than waiting for costs to escalate as our roads deteriorate further, we need Measure I now to maintain our city streets and sidewalks and repair potholes.

Strict accountability provisions ensure that the state and federal governments can't touch Measure I. Every penny of Measure I must support essential city services like neighborhood police patrols, pothole repair and parks and recreation programs for youth, teens, and seniors. Independent citizens' oversight, mandatory financial audits, and yearly reports to the community will ensure Measure I supports critical Burlingame services and never city administrator salaries.

Groceries, medicine, and other essentials are exempt from Measure I. Additionally, Measure I makes certain that Burlingame's visitors pay their fair share for their impact on our roads.

Safe neighborhoods, strong schools and beautiful parks are integral to our strong quality of life here in Burlingame. Voting Yes on Measure I will enhance neighborhood police patrols, improve safe routes to school, and maintain city streets and parks, keeping Burlingame safe and desirable.

Let's not be misled by two out-of-town, out-of-touch voices. Please join us - vote YES on Measure I.

www.BurlingameYesonI.org

/s/ Brian Beswick, Burlingame Businessman

/s/ Ross C. Bruce, Burlingame Business Owner

/s/ Jennifer Easton-Pfaff, Burlingame Community Volunteer

/s/ Mary L. Hunt, Beautification Commissioner

/s/ Juan Saucedo, Retired Central County Firefighter/Paramedic 

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