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Measure M Fails – Voters Reject the Property Tax Increase

Big Bear Valley, CA July 12, 2012, 7:45am (UPDATE) – The Updated Semi-Final Results are in for Measure M. According to the Registrar of Voters, the voter turnout was 43.85% for the San Bernardino County Special Mail Ballot Election. The majority of voters favored the measure, with 2248 Yes votes and 2116 No votes. That’s 51% Yes and 49% No, however, in order to pass, the Measure requires a two-thirds majority and that didn’t happen, so Measure M has failed. The results will now have to be certified. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31596.mp3|titles=Measure M – Mike Evans Reporting] Big Bear Valley, CA, July 11, 2012, 8:00am – Measure M, the special mail in ballot for the Bear Valley Unified School District, which would have placed an additional $49.50 on property tax rolls appears to be going down in defeat.  As of Tuesday night the count was 2090 voters in favor and 2007 opposed.  This type of Measure needs a two-thirds majority to pass.  This Measure was meant to locally tax property owners in order to attempt to cover some of the school district budget short falls.  Most to the blame, according to school officials, local teacher union representatives and board members, was due, in part, to statewide budget cuts.  The ballot counting will continue today and the next count update will take place this afternoon.  Big Bear News on KBHR will report the final count...

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Measure M Ballots Must Be Submitted By July 10

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 9, 2012, 1:00pm – If you haven’t mailed in your Measure M election ballot yet, time is running out, but it’s not too late. Your only option now is to return your ballot in person. Your ballot must be submitted to the Registrar of Voters by 8pm tomorrow (Tuesday July 10). The Registrar of Voters office will be open from 7am to 8pm on Election Day. You can also take your ballot, on Election Day only, to the Library on Garstin Drive in Big Bear Lake. Your completed ballot will be accepted during the hours between 11am and 7pm on July 10 only. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31589.mp3|titles=Measure M – Mike Evans...

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Measure M

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 5, 2012, 8:00am – Big Bear Valley registered voters are encouraged to mail in their ballots this week for the Bear Valley Quality Education and Core Academics Measure, known as Measure M, to ensure your vote is counted.  The all-mail election ballot needs to be received by the County Registrar’s Office by Tuesday, July 10.  Measure M is the result of a unanimous vote by the Board of Trustees for the Bear Valley Unified School District to place this measure on the ballot in reaction to the State’s budget cuts to education.  BVUSD states that the measure will provide locally controlled funding to their general fund at an estimated $1.5 million per year.  A “yes” vote for the measure, which is a parcel tax, will cost property owners an additional $49.50 per parcel, per year for four years.  There are qualifying exemptions for Measure M for senior citizens, SSI recipients, and contiguous properties, however, those who feel they qualify must apply for the exemption.  Depending on the outcome and certification of the Measure M ballots, exemption forms for Measure M will be available to be picked up from the School District Office at 42271 Moonridge Road in Big Bear Lake on July 12, 2012.  The District Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm.  Exemption forms may also be downloaded from the...

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Measure M Ballots Mailed to Voters This Week

Big Bear, CA, June 13, 2012, 4:00pm – This week, the County Registrar’s Office will mail ballots for the Bear Valley Quality Education and Core Academics Measure, known as Measure M, to registered voters living in the Bear Valley Unified School District.  The all-mail ballot election needs to be returned by July 10th.  As State funding continues to decline, the Board of Trustees for the Bear Valley Unified School District voted unanimously to place this measure on the ballot.  In each of the past two years, the State has cut over $3.3 million from our local schools, which has resulted in severe cuts to our education system.  Budget cuts have resulted in the elimination of staff, including teachers, increased class size, reduction of intervention programs, cancellation of summer school and music program funding, as well as incorporating furlough days for all employees resulting in additional no school days for our students.  BVUSD states that the measure will provide locally controlled funding that cannot be taken by the State to protect core academic programs and maintain quality instruction in our local schools.  By law, none of the funds can do used for administrators’ salaries or benefits.  If passed, an independent citizen’s oversight committee will be established to ensure that all funds are spent as promised.  The measure is, in essence, a parcel tax that, if passed, will cost property owners $49.50...

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