Measure E in Burlingame - Protecting Our Schools & Property Values
Aside from our tree-lined lined streets, tight-knit community, and warm weather, excellent public schools are an integral part of what makes living in Burlingame so attractive. In fact, one of the main reasons many of us have moved to Burlingame has been the quality of our public schools!
As many of you know, with the unprecedented shortfall in the California budget, Burlingame is facing a budget shortfall of $284 a year per student. While this may not sound like a lot, it's enough to eliminate some important teaching positions that we cannot do without.
It's also important to remember that there's a significant correlation between the quality of our schools and property values. We're proud of our schools' excellent reputation which in turn is a major factor in driving demand among Burlingame home buyers who want to send their kids to one of the best public school systems in the state. It is more than safe to say that this continued demand has helped insulate and protect Burlingame's high property values.
To help bridge the gap, you'll see Measure E on the ballot this November 8th. You can either vote in person at your neighborhood polling station or send in your ballot in the mail, which is the most convenient way to vote. Measure E will cost Burlingame property owners $76 a year for four years. Fortunately, Burlingame residents have a strong history of supporting our schools through parcel taxes so this should be no different. In a town as small as Burlingame though, it's very important for you to cast your vote in support!
Here's some handy information from the Measure E website:
Voting Yes on E will restore and protect key academic programs.
- Protect math, science, reading and writing programs
- Preserve hands-on science classes/ labs
- Attract and retain qualified teachers and help prevent teacher layoffs
- Support art and music programs
- Provide classroom books, supplies and instructional materials
Measure E will cost property owners $76 per year for 4 years and will provide a stable, local source of funding for Burlingame schools that cannot be taken by the state. Senior citizen homeowners may apply for an exemption.
Measure E is fiscally sound.
- All funds go directly to Burlingame schools - the State can't take a single penny
- No funds can be used for administrators' salaries
- A senior citizen exemption is available
- Expires in 4 years and cannot be renewed without voter approval
- Independent citizen oversight ensures funds will be used wisely
Q. Does the Burlingame School District have a good track record for fiscal responsibility?
A. Yes, our district is fiscally responsible. Each year the district has been able to maintain excellent academic programs for local students with fewer state funding dollars thanks to smart budgeting. Additionally, the Burlingame School District Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) helps oversee the district's budget to ensure sound financial management. The BAC consistently reports that the district has a record of sound fiscal management, with a budget effectively targeted to excellent teachers and academic programs.To "like" the Measure E facebook page, click here.