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Measure D: Will You Vote Yes on the $56 Million Bond?

What decision will you make come November?

When Burlingame voters visit the polls this November, they will vote on Measure D, a $56 milion bond for the Burlingame Elementary School District.

According to district officials, the money would go towards updating classrooms and facilities to meet current safety codes, as well as creating additional classrooms as the enrollment in the district continues rising.

Funds would also be used for upgrading electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation systems and providing science lab and technology teaching tools.

While some of the six school buildings—averaging 70 years old—have undergone renovation, others are still in need of upgrades.

Measure D funds cannot go towards administrator’s salaries, can not be taken by the State and require citizens oversight.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Assemblymember Jerry Hill, San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine, the members of the Burlingame City Council, and many others endorse Measure D, including numerous Burlingame residents and parents.

However, not all Burlingame residents are on board. Many question why, after a $48 million bond measure passed in 2007 for maintaining and upgrading facilities, the district is again asking for more money. They question what additional bond measures will be asked for in just the next few years.

Furthermore they argue that if these upgrades were a main priority, they should be part of the regular district budget.

However, proponents of the Measure argue that, given state budget cuts, there is no money for these necessary upgrades.

Measure D must receive 55 percent approval.

For more information, including arguments from both sides of the Measure, visit shapethefuture.org and click on Measure D.

Patch wants to know. What do you think of Measure D? Tell us in the comments section below.

 

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Andrew Peceimer October 22, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Brian, After further reviewing your negavite comments about me, I must say it is quite amusing. It appears as though you are an employee in the high tech field. As a long term Burlingame resident who has created hundreds of jobs and attended several city council meetings I question your logic in passing judgement on me. I love the fact of how you state the prices of home values are directly related to superior schools. I suggest you read Crazy Like a Fox and learn what really makes a good school. Were you saying the Oakland A's will never be able to compete due to their low payroll? Also, what experience do you have in the real estate field to have become such an expert? I would be glad to share with you my vast knowledge of Burlilngame city and school expenses should you decide to be civil.
skip November 01, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Andrew- on your comment "I love the fact of how you state the prices of home values are directly related to superior schools." Do you REALLY believe it doesn't? You can ask any COMPETENT real estate agent that the real estate prices depend on "Location, Location, Location", and ONE of the proximity criteria is good schools.
skip November 01, 2012 at 07:55 PM
on correlation between good schools and real estate prices: http://crosslandteam.com/blog/2005/11/02/do-better-schools-increase-property-value/ Conclusion states: "All things being equal, if you were choosing between two homes that are comparable in all regards except that one attends a better set of schools that the other, you should buy the one in the better set of schools even if you don’t have children or your children attend private school. This assumes that the school will maintain its rating during the period you own the home. If that happens, your home will stand a better chance of appreciating more as families with children continue to drive demand for the area. On the other hand, emerging areas such as East Austin (area 5) and the area near the old airport (which is being redeveloped) in area 3 do not have any Recognized or Exemplary rated schools, yet in the past 5 years, these areas have seen better appreciation than other parts of Austin. It will be interesting to look back in a few years from now and see if the school ratings improve, trailing on escalating real estate values. Again, there is a clear correlation between the better schools and higher real estate prices. This still doesn’t definitively answer the question of whether one causes the other, but I suspect it’s a combination of both factors working together."
Andrew Peceimer November 01, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Ien, There will be almost 1K of parcel taxes per year for a typical Burlingame home. If your are so concerned about children and education, why do you want to make home ownership less affordable? Do you know how much the a new home buyer has to make to quality for an 80% loan on a 1.2 million dollar typical new home? Thus how many children/future home buyers are you helping? The best way to create a good education is to having caring parent/s with discipline and study hours at home. With the internet education is now available to many more people. Check this out and let me know if spending more always translates in houses being worth more money. http://www.greatschools.org/california/oakland/185-American-Indian-Public-Charter-School/
Andrew Peceimer November 01, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Ien, There will be almost 1K of parcel taxes per year for a typical Burlingame home. If your are so concerned about children and education, why do you want to make home ownership less affordable? Do you know how much the a new home buyer has to make to quality for an 80% loan on a 1.2 million dollar typical new home? Thus how many children/future home buyers are you helping? The best way to create a good education is to having caring parent/s with discipline and study hours at home. With the internet education is now available to many more people. Check this out and let me know if spending more always translates in houses being worth more money. http://www.greatschools.org/california/oakland/185-American-Indian-Public-Charter-School/

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