Measure P & Measure QS are entirely different items on the upcoming November ballet for the City of Burbank residents. I am not taking a position on either one of these issues here, but I do want to be an informed voter, parent and resident prior to making a decision.
And I’ll make a full disclosure. I am on the PTSA at Luther Burbank Middle School and the PTA in Burbank is in 100% full support of Measure QS. They do make it clear…PTA supports it, but can’t make anyone vote a certain way.
It’s not like anyone ‘wants’ to pay more sales and property tax. However, these two items are not for the same thing. QS is for the Public School System and P is for the City of Burbank. One hand does not feed the other here. These measures don’t serve the same government agency within Burbank. They are not one in the same and they are supporting very different problems.
But since my children attend public school here and I live, work and play in the City of Burbank, both of these items will affect me in one way or another.
Let’s start with Measure QS.
Essentially this is a parcel tax added to our property tax bill to help fund our Burbank Public Schools.
Would anyone who has children in our schools say we don’t need money? No. I don’t think you’ll find one. It’s pretty straightforward, from what I can tell. The schools need more money to operate and since they’re not funded from the City of Burbank, this Measure has been added to help cover costs.
Proceeds from the Tax shall be used only for the purposes specified in the Measure, including, but not limited to: attracting and retaining teachers and staff; maintaining low class sizes in grades TK-3; expanding college and career courses; increasing mental health support; and expanding instruction in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math programs.
•Needs 2/3 approval to pass
•Will be authorized to levy a qualified special tax in the amount of $0.10 per square foot
•If approved, will commence on July 1, 2019
•Attract and retain quality teachers and staff
•Maintain low class sizes in grades TK – 3
•Expand college and career courses
•Increased mental health support
•Expand instruction in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math
Senior Citizen Exemption:
•Parcel owned and occupied by person 65 years of age or older exempt
•Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee
•Annual Performance Audits
•Annual Financial Audits
•Separate Account Annual Report
Here’s an argument for Measure QS:
Here’s an argument against Measure QS:
My husband and I are still cultivating an informed decision on Measure QS.
Measure P is an entirely different beast.
This measure is a proposed addition to sales tax in the city. The City of Burbank is in a a serious budget deficit (not enough time and energy to address this one) and this is a proposed way to help fill the general fund.
Measure P, the Burbank Infrastructure and Community Services Protection Measure, is a general purpose ¾¢ local sales tax on the November 6th ballot that would provide approximately $20 million in annual funding to the City.
Without additional revenue, the City forecasts an ongoing funding shortfall of more than $27 million per year including a $9.5 million operating deficit and $18 million in infrastructure maintenance.
Measure P will support essential services including:
• Neighborhood police patrols
• Fire stations and 9-1-1 response times
• Repairs to streets, sidewalks and improving traffic congestion
• Parks and recreation
• Youth and senior programs
Here is a link with arguments for and against:
Whatever you do…make sure you are registered to vote…and then GO VOTE!
You need to be registered by October 22nd and here’s the link: