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Unincorporated Menlo Park / Program Registrations

From: domainremoved <Jon>
Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:12:41 +0000

I don't know if this is the right audience for this issue; I appreciate forwarding to the appropriate parties as needed. Thanks.

I have been a Menlo Park resident for 15+ years ... the last 10+ years as a property owner and property tax payer. We lived in West Menlo on Olive Street before moving to Berkeley Ave in Menlo Oaks in 2007.

Upon moving to unincorporated Menlo Park, my wife suddenly found us paying extra for town children's programs and having to wait extra time to register for such classes. As I believe we pay equal property taxes to town of Menlo Park residents, I fail to see how this is an equitable arrangement. We now have 3 children, so this has been a problem that has become increasingly worse. For example, my wife had to wait a week to register my daughter for gymnastics at Burgess (1st week is for townies only). By 830am on the first day of non-townie registration, all slots for all sessions were already gone.

I have heard the same complaints from neighbors around swim programs, basketball and having to pay more to swim at Burgess - I recently polled other residents of Menlo Oaks to hear their tales of woe as well. As we all have Menlo Park addresses and pay the same property taxes, we fail to see the rationale behind such discrimination.

We all love living in Menlo Park and are very appreciative of the great programs the town has to offer. However, such limitations will ultimately drive us all to neighboring towns for such ancillary programs, thus limiting incremental revenue for the town altogether.

I would appreciate feedback on the appropriate forum in which to address this problem further.

Thank you.

Jon Kossow
600 Berkeley Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025
650-328-3727
Received on Sun Jan 12 2014 - 12:11:04 PST

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