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California Board of EqualizationCandidate for Member, District 2

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Mark Burns

927,949 votes (27.2%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure that all Californians receive fair and equal treatment under our current tax laws.
  • Protect property tax benefits under Prop 13, 60, 90, and 110
  • Restore the functionality and purpose of the Board of Equalization



Profession:Real Estate Agent
Real Estate Agent, Self Employed, Supervising Broker is Referral Realty (1985–current)
Member, Past Chair, Independent Citizens Oversight Committee for Cupertino Union School District Bond Measure — Appointed position (2014–current)
Member, Past Co-Chair, Citizens Oversight Committee for Fremont Union High School District Bond Measures — Appointed position (2009–current)

Community Activities

President and Publisher of PRDS Contracts and Forms, Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (2008–current)
Member of Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, Cupertino Union School District (2014–current)
Member of Citizens Oversight Committee, Fremont Union High School District (2009–current)
President, Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (2007–2007)
President, Vice President, and Board Member, Cupertino Chamber of Commerce (1993–2005)


For 32 years I have worked in the real estate industry in California as a Real Estate Agent. I deal with property tax issues daily for my clients. My experience includes single family, condominiums, multi-family, land development, and new construction. I have direct experience with Prop 13 and tax transfers utilizing Prop 60 and Prop 90. I have lobbied my County Board of Supervisors successfuly to retain Prop 90 (twice). During my career I have served as a Board Member, President, and Publisher of PRDS - Contracts and Forms for Silicon Valley Residential Real Estate (15+ years). PRDS has 7000 customers (real estate agents) in Silicon Valley. I also have an extensive background serving on Citizen's Oversight Committees for multiple Bond measures for the Cupertino Union School District and Fremont Union High School District (serving almost 30,000 students and their families). I have lived in Cupertino and West San Jose almost my entire life and I am a California native. I have served as President and I am a current member of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors Political and Legislative Action Committee (20 years). I have served on the Board, as Vice President, and President of the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce for 13 years. 

Who supports this candidate?

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $38,785

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Mark Burns
Employees of Referral Realty
California Republican Party
Herman Rowland, Sr.
Strategic Global Advisors Of Oregon, Inc.

More information about contributions

By State:

California 87.04%
Oregon 12.96%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.49%)
Small contributions (0.51%)

By Type:

From organizations (45.74%)
From individuals (54.26%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

California is on the wrong path. The only solutions our legislators and Governor have, to solve our problems, is to more taxes. Our state, counties, cities, and school districts have more than $1.3 Trillion in debt and want to add more. In the name of fairness and equality; our elected officials continue to charge forward with sales taxes just shy of 10%, income tax rates that exceed 13%, transfer taxes, recording taxes, parcel taxes, and on and on. The Board of Equalization was established in 1879 to ensure fair and equal taxation and its authority was stripped out by more than 90% last year in favor of two new departments run by state employees to collect taxes and handle disputes. The Governor has appointed executive teams to run these new departments. All of this drastically reduces the authority of the Board of Equalization to be independent tax advocates for Californians. The BOE is left with limited property tax oversight. Prop 13, the backbone of our property tax system, is under constant attack. If our current politicians had their way; Prop 13 would be abolished and families, seniors, disabled individuals, and essentially every homeowner in the state would be subject to unaffordable tax increases. This all needs to stop and Californians need to take back control of their government and reckless spending. It is time to elect candidates like myself that will put California back on the right path.

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