Looking to the Future …

BY: BRUCE BONAR, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, bruce@brisbanechamber.org, 415-467-7283

Election season is upon us. With the passage of the California Voter’s Choice Act in 2016 the election on November 5th has changed to a Vote Center/All-Mail Ballot Model. This new election model provides voters with a choice on where, when, and how to vote. The election was modernized with the goal of giving voters greater flexibility and convenience. Madison Davis and Terry O’Connell are running for two open Council seats with a shortened term of three years. Please watch your mailbox for your ballot and vote either by mail or in person at any vote center within San Mateo County.
Fall is a great time to plan for the upcoming year and evaluate where you are financially for both a business and household. Planning for quarterly or end of year tax payments, insurance obligations, education budgeting, and capital improvements for the coming year is essential to ensure that 2020 is successful with few (as possible) unplanned surprises. The dates for health insurance planning are particularly critical as each of us has a relatively small window available to make changes or enroll in either Covered California or if you are nearing 65, the enrollment in the Medicare system. For Medicare, you have a six-month window to enroll, three months prior to your 65th birthday, or up to three months past the date. For those covered by providers under the Affordable Care Act, there is a short window in January to make your enrollment changes. Be ready and don’t wait until the last minute.
Brisbane’s businesses have always played a vital role in Brisbane life and contribute to the community in a variety of ways. Please remember to shop local when you can and support Brisbane businesses. We are interested in ideas you have for future issues of the Luminary and want to hear your thoughts. You can email us at: madison@brisbanechamber.org or give our office a call: 415-467-7283.