Burlingame’s Transient Occupancy Tax, a fee collected from hoteliers and short-term rentals that was previously the city’s primary moneymaker, may never bounce back to pre-pandemic levels after travel ground to a halt two years ago.

That’s according to the city’s Finance Director Helen Yu-Scott, who said potentially permanent changes to business travel combined with the emergence of competing hotel industries in Millbrae and South San Francisco could render the revenue stream permanently stunted.


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Terence Y

Burlingame residents - hold onto your wallets! Your city is looking to put their hands in your back pocket or your purse. Most telling is City Manager Goldman saying not a single full-time staff member was laid off during the pandemics. That pretty much says it all. And when Councilmember Keighran says they want to diversify income, it means all tax increases are on the table. You can bet most if not all tax increases will be used to pay for pensions and benefits for all the full-time staff members who were not laid off during the pandemic. Meanwhile, business owners were forced to shut down and are now expected to pony up for the lack of sales tax revenue. Again, Burlingame residents, hold onto your wallets.


Isn't the paving of El Camino Real up to Caltrans?

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