November 4, 2006
SEWER ALIGNMENT The council will listen to a status update regarding the proposed Glendale-Burbank Interceptor Sewer alignment. Burbank residents and city officials have argued that a proper environmental review was not conducted for a "hybrid" alignment, which would tunnel through parts of Burbank. The city has already retained special legal counsel to issue an opinion about possible legal options the city has in opposing the hybrid line. WHAT TO EXPECT The city of Los Angeles Public Works Board has approved Councilman Tom LaBonge's motion to put the environmental impact review before the full council for approval on Nov. 14. Burbank city staffers said the vote transpired without discussion of any of the issues raised in their most recent letter.
September 16, 2006
CITY HALL ? An ordinance proposing an increase in the tax that hotels collect from customers based on room rates may be headed for April's general election ballot. The council voted 4 to 1 on Tuesday, with Councilman David Gordon opposing, to move forward with a draft of an ordinance that would put the increase on the ballot. If approved, the measure raise the transient occupancy tax from 10% to to 12%. A simple majority vote is required to approve general-purpose taxes. The increase, which would raise an estimated $965,000, would help alleviate recent budget shortfalls, especially in light of 2006-07 fiscal year budget cuts, which marked the fourth consecutive year of cuts, Financial Services Director Bob Torrez said.
March 4, 2009
Burbank – The Burbank City Council on Tuesday postponed voting on a revised city budget forecast that accounts for a $1.97-million decrease in revenue. Mayor Dave Golonski decided at 9:58 p.m. that the council could not squeeze the issue into the meeting before the required ending time of 11 p.m. Golonski acknowledged that additional city staff was on hand to help the council with the item, but concluded that it deserved more time than one hour. Declining auto prices, retail closures and the overall slowdown in the economy has led to the reduction in revenue.
December 15, 2004
Rima Shah After a period of slump due to the declining economy and travel slowdown after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Burbank hotel industry is finally moving toward recovery. The increase in the revenues for the hotel industry, which can be measured by the transient occupancy tax, increased by almost 16% in the last quarter of this fiscal year, said Ruth Davidson-Guerra, Burbank's assistant community development director. "In both occupancy and rates, 2004 was a strong year for the hotel industry," said Robert Balmer, general manager of the Burbank Airport Hilton.
March 13, 2002
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- Slowly but surely, Burbank's slowing economy is turning around, city officials said. City reports show revenues improved moderately in January, with sales tax, transient occupancy tax, transient parking tax, electric sales and airport passenger levels climbing steadily over the last month. "We saw improvement in January," said Derek Hanway, financial services director for Burbank. "It's not as fast as we'd like, but we're getting there."
February 27, 2002
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- A softening economy and the crippling Sept. 11 attacks are being cited as the two major causes for a drop in certain sources of city revenue. The revenues received from sales, transient occupancy and transient parking taxes dipped substantially in the first half of fiscal year 2001-2002, according to a city report. "We're still fine at a fund balance standpoint because we still have more revenues than we're spending," city Financial Services Director Derek Hanway said.
November 11, 2006
BURBANK — A proposal to raise Burbank's hotel-occupancy tax for the first time in more than 20 years will go before voters in April. With voter passage, the ballot item would give the City Council the ability to implement up to a 2% increase in the transient-occupancy tax, an amount that hotels collect from customers based on room rates. The tax has remained at 10% since 1983, said Cindy Bloom, an administrative analyst for the city's Financial Services Department. "I wasn't in favor of [an increase]
October 30, 2004
Mark R. Madler Citing that the timing wasn't right, the City Council voted down placing a measure on the April ballot to increase the hotel tax. Economic factors and not wanting to put the city at a disadvantage to other cities with lower hotel taxes were factors for the council's unanimous vote Tuesday night against the tax. "I was pleased, and in fact, the council seemed pleased," said Michael Pfeiffer, director...
April 11, 2007
Official tentative results as of 11:55 p.m. April 10, with 42 of 42 precincts reporting with a total of 10,237 ballots cast. Candidates listed in the order they appear on the ballot. All numbers are listed in votes, with the winners in bold. BURBANK CITY COUNCIL Two seats open Gary R. Bric...6,301 Phil Berlin...3,268 Anja Reinke...6,286 Carolyn Berlin...3,338 BURBANK CITY CHARTER MEASURES Measure A — Transient Occupancy Tax Yes: 4,616 No: 4,908 Measure B — Appointed City Clerk Yes: 4,443 No: 5,062 Measure C — Appointed City Treasurer Yes: 4,294 No: 4,993 Measure D — Transition of Elected City Clerk and City Treasurer Yes: 4,778 No: 4,400 Measure E — Filling Council Vacancies Yes: 5,146 No: 3,979 Measure F — Budget Adoption/Amendment Yes: 4,895 No: 4,264 Measure G — New Charter Yes: 5,210 No: 3,864