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June 17, 2017

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Tracy F

So on top of the new gas tax and vehicle registration
fee? Good luck, it's all adding up to be too much! (So not a big deal, HA!)

Bruce Dickinson

Listen guys, I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but Bruce Dickinson must call out asinine ideas when he sees them. What “problem” is raising Burlingame sales taxes going to solve? Not enough revenue? Not enough revenue to pay for the $40 million dollar rec center, not enough revenue due to the lack of in lieu fees from developers, not enough revenue from rubber-stamped cookie cutter projects, not enough revenue from donating public parking areas to help fund non economic housing projects, not enough revenue for building a new city hall??? “We need more money to support the infrastructure,” they say. Well, what about not allowing unbridled development so that our infrastructure isn’t crumbling due to its inability to support all the true societal costs of such development?

Bruce Dickinson instead proposes a 15% staff reduction in the City of Burlingame employees, starting with the very people advocating these incredibly dumb ideas. Not so much to save costs such as salaries and benefits for life, but to prevent far worse decisions by these people down the road. Who is running this city? The elected council or the city staff? Maybe it’s just a case of co-dependency??!?

Whatever the case may be, the regime change may need to be more extensive than previously contemplated!

hillsider

Let's cut 20%.

Cassandra

Can you imagine the breath of fresh air if we elected folks who would slow this growth and expansion of city government?

Every decision that adds housing or office space taxes the infrastructure and necessitates more staff. It is odd and expensive that the city staff works for the people who are taxed to support the staff they didn't elect.

Instead of a new rec center or city hall, why don't the staff work in all that office space being developed on the east side/tele-commute, and use part of the golf center for a rec center?

15%

BMW

Did somebody say city staff salaries?

http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2016/burlingame/

Cassandra

From today's Daily Journal: "Polling feedback showed necessary support for a half-cent tax existed, but officials said they opted to seek a smaller measure in favor of financial conservatism. - See more at: http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2017-06-20/burlingame-oks-quarter-cent-sales-tax/1776425182041.html#sthash.CyIU5qa0.dpuf"

Have you ever been polled? I was, for a school bond.

Over the phone I said I was against the bond. The pollster kept asking questions, not to get my opinion, but rather to help the bond-measure proponents craft their proposal. We both started laughing at the farce.

It wasn't polling, it was marketing.

Handle Bard

Burlingame OKs quarter-cent sales tax
June 20, 2017, 05:00 AM
Burlingame voters will be asked to approve in the coming fall election a quarter-cent sales tax which officials claim is needed to finance the construction of a new community center, as well as a variety of other infrastructure fixes.

The Burlingame City Council unanimously approved Monday, June 19, floating to voters a financing measure expected to generate as much as $2 million annually if approved by a simple majority in November.

With limited room in a tight city budget, officials agreed the tax measure would be the most effective way to address a laundry list of capital improvements to streets and sidewalks, as well as a hefty price tag hung on the construction of a new recreation center.

Mayor Ricardo Ortiz said the tax measure revenue would pay toward a variety of initiatives he has considered top priorities since being elected, based on feedback in conversations with residents.

“One thing that came through loud and clear was sidewalks, potholes and the recreation center, so that’s why I am strongly in favor of this measure,” he said.

It has been estimated the city has roughly $100 million worth of unfunded capital improvement projects and the new recreation center is expected to cost as much as $45 million. Officials have claimed building a new center is necessary to replace the existing antiquated facility.

Polling feedback showed necessary support for a half-cent tax existed, but officials said they opted to seek a smaller measure in favor of financial conservatism.

Considering the variety of substantial costs facing the city, Councilwoman Emily Beach said she believed the measure was the most sensible means of preserving and improving Burlingame’s quality of life.

“I think the quarter-cent sales tax is the most palatable and most reasonable thing to do,” she said.

Can't stand BD

Everytime I read anything from Bruce Dickinson, I throw up and then skip to the next comment.

Bruce Dickinson

Vomit all you want, little guy, and wallow in the bitter cesspool otherwise known as your life. For every one of you, there are one hundred fans that can't get enough of Bruce Dickinson's poetic prose!

Knowing that yours truly can't satisfy everyone, I'll continue to focus on the 99%!

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