Tag: Parcel Tax

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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Bear Valley Unified School District Board Adopts Measure for Parcel Tax This Summer

Big Bear, CA, April 3, 2012, 8:00am – The Bear Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees held a Special Board meeting on Friday, March 30th for the purpose of adopting a resolution calling for a parcel tax in order to continue to provide a quality education for the students of Big Bear Valley.  Already $3.3 million dollars have been cut from the school budget by the State over the past two years and cuts to education are expected to continue.  A dozen community members were in attendance with many expressing their concerns and opinions about the tax, which will be a July 10th mail ballot election with many suggesting long-term planning and solutions instead of a band-aid to the current financial problems facing the District.  Following discussion, the Board voted unanimously to adopt the resolution, which will be called the Bear Valley Quality Education and Core Academics Measure.  The measure states that the parcel tax will be $49.50 for four years with exemptions for certain seniors and disabled persons that, if passed, will yield the school district $1.45 million annually. The money will be used to sustain quality core academic instruction in reading, writing, math and science; reduce class sizes where possible; avoid further elimination of qualified teachers; maintain safe student transportation; keep school libraries open; provide career development and job training programs for high school students and provide...

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Bear Valley Unified School District to Conduct Public Hearing on Special Tax

Big Bear, CA, March 28, 2012, 12:00 noon – Bear Valley Unified School District has given notice of a public hearing on March 30, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.at the Bear Valley Unified School District Office located at 42271 Moonridge Road in Big Bear Lake. The District’s Board of Trustees will conduct this public hearing and consider adopting a resolution proposing to establish a qualified special tax, in this case, a parcel tax to be submitted for voter approval on July 10, 2012, in an amount not to exceed $99 per year for six years for a variety of educational programs, including the maintenance of programs in math, science, reading, writing, art, music, as well as for the retention of qualified teachers and keeping schools safe and clean, and guaranteeing an exemption for certain seniors and disabled...

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Bear Valley Unified School District Holds Second Community Meeting Tonight on Parcel Tax

Big Bear, CA, March 22, 2012, 3:00pm – Tonight will be the second of two community meetings hosted by the Bear Valley Unified School District to help inform, educate and receive feedback from the public regarding an upcoming Parcel Tax.  A Parcel Tax would provide locally controlled funding for our schools that could not be taken away by the State or be sent to another school district.  Already $3.3 million dollars have been cut from the school budget over the past two years and cuts to education are expected to continue.  These additional cuts will further diminish the quality of education the District can provide for our students.  The meetings are conducted by Kurt Madden, Superintendent of BVUSD and Walter Con, Director of Business Services for the District.  Approximately 100 community members with many showing support for a parcel tax attended the first meeting on March 13th although few spoke out in opposition given the economy and, as one member noted, the view of being doubly taxed for educating our students since we already pay taxes for that purpose.  And, the big question at this time is how much?  District consultants are suggesting a dollar range between $45 to $60 per parcel with exemptions available for senior citizens.  The District is planning on placing the local Parcel Tax measure in the form of a mail in ballot to be...

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First of Two Community Meetings of the Bear Valley Unified School District Explores Parcel Tax Option

Big Bear, CA, March 14, 2012, 5:00pm – Tuesday evening was the first of two community meetings hosted by the Bear Valley Unified School District to inform and receive feedback from the public regarding an upcoming Parcel Tax.  Kurt Madden, Superintendent of BVUSD, addressed the audience of approximately 100 community members by initially asking them to write down what they believe to be their top three most important areas of education.  Responses included curriculum, safe home to school transportation, small class size and quality education for our children, among others.  In order to ensure that at least some of these items remain in place, the District will be placing a local Parcel Tax measure that will be a mail in ballot implemented early this summer.  Already $3.3 million dollars have been cut from the school budget over the past two years and cuts to education are expected to continue.  These additional cuts will further diminish the quality of education the District can provide for our students.  A Parcel Tax would provide locally controlled funding for our schools that could not be taken away by the State or be sent to another school district.  The dollar amount of the tax is still in question, however, District consultants are suggesting between $45 to $60 per parcel with exemptions available for senior citizens.  The second community meeting to receive information about the...

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