Argument Against Burlingame Sales Tax Increase: Measure I_

 

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 sets 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

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Rebuttal to the Argument in favor of Burlingame Sales Tax Increase: Measure I_

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!!!

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

Budgets are how governments sets spending priorities.

Clearly “pot hole repair” and “maintaining city streets” are not priorities if it’s going to take 50 years to complete.

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.

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


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