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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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skip October 18, 2012 at 05:16 PM
YES ON D!!!! During the past few years, Burlingame didn't suffer as much property depreciation as other surrounding cities. Why? because families with young children are moving into Burlingame in droves, seeking public school district with very high performances. Having a strong, high-performing schools increases our property value, and ours is one of the best in CA. It is true that a bond measure was passed in 2007. But since 2007, the student population due to "family migration into Burlingame" has skyrocketed, causing severe overcrowding in all the schools. Funds from the 2007 measure did not address the exponential growth that had not been projected at the time. SF school district is experiencing elementary population growth but their high school enrollment is declining. Why? because families are moving out to the suburbs seeking better education, and one major stop is here in Burlingame. This new bond measure is desperately needed to address this significant student population growth, reopen Hoover to accomodate the growth, and continue upgrading the facilities for safety (schools need to be secured, in light of the recent abduction case), capacity, efficiency, and maintenance. Our high-value realestate retains its value due to great schools. Let's invest both to maintain our property value, and to our future-children's education and their support systems. One big step is to keep maintaining the buildings (and we all know property maintenance is never ending task)
Andrew Peceimer October 18, 2012 at 06:00 PM
NO ON D! As someone who has met with the school board and admin it is very dissapointing with their actions. They placed numerous taxes/bonds on our properties the last 5 years. When Hoover School was purchased I was told there would be no need for addtional money. Later I find out that Hoover needs 10 million for construction. I do not trust the school board. They keep coming back and asking for more money, soon to be over 100 million total costs. This bond will put an average cost of over $10,000 per household for a typcial new home sale during its term. Gas prices up, San Mateo County wants to raise the sales tax to 9.5%, Gov. Brown wants to raise taxes with prop 30, Obama wants to raise your taxes. Just say No!
George Chrisman October 18, 2012 at 06:39 PM
So if there is a big migration of families into Burlingame, they must be buying homes at the market rate, and paying higher property taxes than the previous owners. Where does that money go. I pay over $5000 per year in various school and sewer bond assessments per year on top of my base property tax rate. When does this insanity end? I'm voting NO.
George Chrisman October 18, 2012 at 06:50 PM
So we should increase our property taxes to accomodate other people migrating to our city to use our services? This on top of the millions of dollars of bonds and assessments that are already in place? All while Seniors get to vote to pass these bonds, but exempt themselves from paying the assessments.
Andrew Peceimer October 18, 2012 at 09:14 PM
George, Seniors are not exempt from paying this addiditional property tax for the schools. Can anyone help me? We had Measure A, B and E charging us millions of dollars for the same stuff...smaller classes, school construction, and better schools. Are there any other school taxes I am missing? Vote No on D
Jennifer October 20, 2012 at 07:25 PM
It was my understanding (and recall hearing) that Measure D does have senior exemption. I have not seen any official document stating that there isn't one, but at the same time I haven't seen one saying that there is, either (other than me recalling hearing about it from the source). Can you list an official site that specifically states that there is no exemption? Both Measures B & E have senior exemptions..
Brian Ring October 22, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Regarding the $10,000 calculation, please show your work Andrew. Also, I'd love to know if you have kids and I'd like to know how old you are. We just moved to Burlingame for the schools. We helped to bid-up the value of your home. I was shocked to find crumbling, embarrassing schools compared to what we had in Manhattan Beach. The teachers are overworked. The parents are volunteering tirelessly. Read the official estimated assessment! For a median value SFR home, the estimated cost is around $300 a year. What's the ROI? Multiple bidders push up prices anywhere from $10,000 - $100,000 dollars. Failing schools everywhere else = more migration to Burlingame. More migration to Burlingame = more bidders for your home. You get what you pay for in life. Short-sighted people like yourself should cash-out and move elsewhere so that those of us raising smart young kids can ensure the USA is still #1 five years from now. Otherwise we'll continue to lose ground to global competitors and fall into a classic economic death spiral. Everyday, my generation is putting our heads down and working to improve things, investing our time and money everyday into our schools, our children and our neighborhood. You don't have to help, but, at least get out of the way.
Andrew Peceimer October 22, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Brian, How much research have you done on where the money is going? Or do you simply follow the blind faith that schools always need more money and everyone is underpaid? Brian, How many times do we have to refurbish the schools? Do you know how many school taxes Burlingame residents have had the last 5 years? If you just bought a home in Burlingame the typical home price is 1.2 million. Based on the tax you will be paying $360.00 per year for the next 30 years. If you do the math that is over $10,000 per average priced home owner. Brian, I have no problem spending money on schools as I am a BCE supporter. My problem is the President of the School Board. Michael Barber wanted us all to purchase the Hoover school. When the school was purchased I asked Michael if the Board had budget enough money to fix up the school. He said yes. Approximately 2 years later the Board wants 10 million to fix up Hoover. Simply put I do not trust Michael and the Board. I do not think they are spending our money wisely. Let's vots N0 on D and then put a real plan together.
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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