Posted June 25, 2008
After not mentioning the sale of park or open space land for three years, one of our active participants yesterday spotted that type of sale listed among possible revenue raising options for the city on a summary budget document. It mentioned selling off parts of the Spur property and part of the northeast corner of Mills Estate Park. Eight Millbrae Tomorrow participants showed up at last night’s city council meeting, and three of us spoke in opposition to selling irreplaceable park or open space land to meet city budget deficits.
In the remarks that city council and staff made before we got up to speak, we were pleased to hear that none of them mentioned selling city land as an option that they supported. In fact they did not even mention it at all. After we called their attention to the fact that it is listed as a possibility in the summary budget document, they all said that they are not seriously considering the selling of city land as an option for the budget, and most of them said that they would oppose such a sale.
One council member explained after the meeting that the council members had asked the staff to list every possible revenue raising method, and that is the only reason that the selling of land is listed at all in the summary budget document.
This is good news for Millbrae residents, but in politics things sometimes change as the discussion continues. Millbrae Tomorrow participants plan to continue monitoring the budget process, and will notify participants if city government starts talking again about selling park or open space land to meet the budget deficit.
If you would like to help protect Millbrae’s park and open space areas, please contact us by sending an email to MillbraeTomorrow@xemaps.com.
Please note: the rest of this Web site has not been updated recently. It will, however, give you and idea of what was proposed by city government staff back in 2004 and the steps that Millbrae Tomorrow took to efectively help the city government to find a better way of funding the budget deficit.
City Proposes Selling Parks to
Meet Short Term Financial Problems
In Workshops presented in January and February, 2004
the city government has listed sale of Millbrae park land as the
number one alternative to raise money to pay for a shortfall in operating
residents believe that it is unwise to permanently dispose of some
of the city's
prized open space and recreational land to solve a temporary problem. Instead
they support other revenue raising measures, especially the Tax
Increment Recapture option that was presented at
the February 3, 2004 City Council meeting. A Fire Assessment
District should also be considered. Those two sources
of revenue would make any sales of irreplaceable park land unnecessary.
The city says that it is seeking feedback from citizens.
Now is the time to let your voice be heard.
Find out about what's new and the latest additions to this Web site
on the Events/News page. Learn
more about the parks by reading our Background
page. Read about a creative alternative solution
to Millbrae's budget crisis on our Solutions
voice your opinion by printing out and signing
the petition and attending the next meeting Council meeting
listed on the Calendar
Work with others to maintain Millbrae's quality of life and property
values by becoming a volunteer. Visit our Contact
page to get in
touch with other residents who share your desire to maintain the
parks that make Millbrae such a desirable place for families
Background of Spur Property
The Spur Property was originally intended to be used to extend Junipero
Serra Boulevard. That was before Interstate 280 was built.
Then the state deeded the property to the City of Millbrae solely
for the purpose of recreation. It was not to be used for development.
The photo above shows the dedication of Josephine Waugh Park on the
Spur Property in 1987. Josephine Waugh was a Millbrae resident
who worked tirelessly along with Bernie Esser, Marjorie Wheeler and
many others to assure that the Spur property would be available to
on the Background page).
Who Provides this Web Site?
This Web site results from an informal coalition of Millbrae residents
who share their their common concern about the future of our
city's open space and recreational land. We put together this
site with volunteer work and next to nothing in out
of pocket costs.
If you share our interest in maintaining Millbrae's excellent quality
of life, and would like to join in these
efforts, please contact us using the e-mail link on our Contacts