Monday, February 9, 2009

Taxation Without Representation in Burlingame

We heard from a property owner in Burlingame, CA today who informed us that the city will begin mailing ballots this month to homeowners regarding a new flood control measure that would cause property owners to pay a fee of approximately $150 a year to fund the infrastructure for new storm drains, but that tenants will not be receiving ballots or have a right to vote on these increases. With no rent control in Burlingame, landlords will likely pass these costs onto their tenants. So basically, tenants who will feel the impact of this fee have no right to vote on whether to approve it. Our thanks to the concerned property owner who called to let us know about this unfair situation for Burlingame tenants. Click here to read a San Mateo County Times article about the mail-ballot election.

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