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Creating a Fair Business License Structure to Support City Services

Keeping Burlingame clean, safe, and well-maintained are our top priorities. That is why the City has been working proactively to examine the budget and develop a plan to provide fiscal stability without impacting City services and local residents.

To that end, the Burlingame City Council recently voted to place a measure on the November 2022 ballot to update the City’s existing Business License structure. If approved, this measure would change the current $100 annual rate charged to all businesses to rates ranging from $200 to $750, with the smallest businesses paying the lowest rates. The measure would also establish a 5% gross receipts tax for all non-storefront marijuana businesses.

Together, these changes would generate approximately $2.5 million annually in locally controlled funding to help support City services. This modest increase would help ensure all local businesses are treated fairly, with 93% of Burlingame businesses paying $300 or less per year. The measure would also generate new revenue from marijuana warehouses operating within city limits. Retail marijuana storefronts are prohibited in Burlingame.

Dedicated Funding Could Only Be Spent on Essential City Services in Burlingame

If approved by Burlingame voters, these funds could be used to support essential City services, such as:

  • Maintaining and repairing City streets and sidewalks before they become more expensive to repair
  • Undergrounding powerlines and supporting fire prevention programs
  • Enhancing neighborhood police patrols and crime prevention programs
  • Repairing storm drains to reduce flooding of neighborhood streets
  • Supporting other general city services

A Clear System of Accountability

  • Legally, funds may only be used to support City services in Burlingame and can’t be taken by the state or federal governments
  • All funds would be subject to annual general financial audits
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