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City Council Decides Route To Go With Improvement Agency

Big Bear, Ca, January 10, 2012, 12:00pm – The Big Bear Lake City Council met last night for their regularly scheduled meeting, and the main topic of discussion was the Improvement Agency, and its future.  Last year the state of California passed Assembly Bill 26, which eliminated all improvement agencies for all cities across the state.  Improvement Agency funds, which come from property taxes in designated areas collected for cities, would be then funneled back to the state.  Assembly Bill 27 was put in place so improvement agencies could continue, but would be changed so that they would have very specific projects to work on, however the state supreme court found AB 26 to be legal, and AB 27 to be constitutionally illegal, essentially eliminating all improvement agencies.  To continue with contracted projects that started before the elimination of improvement agencies, the Successor Improvement Agency was created and will be in place until all contracts will be completed, and all bonds are paid.  The County of San Bernardino Tax Assessor will take over the role of collecting and distributing the funds, which were once collected by the improvement agency.  The county will then distribute the funds to other taxing agencies, such as: the City of Big Bear Lake, the Fire Protection District, Bear Valley Unified School District, among others.  The City Council then approved to move forward with having...

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State Fire Fee Approved

Big Bear, Ca, November 18, 2011, 3:00pm – Over the last few months the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has been against the proposed State Responsibility Area Fire Fee that would give residents of unincorporated mountain areas in California an extra fee of $150.00.  The board opposed the fee, as the fee was what they thought of as an illegal tax.  The fee was sent to a vote, and it was rejected, however recently Governor Brown placed new members on the board the item was sent to, and since then the fee was placed back on the agenda and was approved.  SB County Supervisors, including Big Bear’s Supervisor Neil Derry, expressed their outrage that the fee was approved.  “As I said all along, this illegal tax is a ruse to fill state coffers and will not provide any additional benefits to taxpayers,” Derry said. “Pick whatever euphemism for liars and thieves you want; it fits the actions of this administration to a tee.”  It is not certain when this new fee will be put into...

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