Two Countywide & 14 City Measures On The November 8 Ballot In San Bernardino County

In addition to the statewide initiatives they will have the option of voting for or against, San Bernardino County voters, depending on where they live, will have some local measures to decide on come November 8.
Those living in Rialto are eligible to vote on Measure A, a proposal put forth by the Rialto Unified School District to authorize the issuance of $340 million in bonds to update safety systems, renovate classrooms and make other facility upgrades at all campuses in the district. To debt service those bonds, homeowners will be required to pay on a yearly basis 6 cents per $100 of the assessed value of their homes for the next 27 years. To pass, Measure A must be approved by 55 percent of the voters participating.
All voters in San Bernardino County are eligible to vote on Measure D, which was designed by the board of supervisors to undo Measure K, which was passed by more than two thirds of the county’s voters in 2020. Measure K set the supervisors’ individual salaries and benefits at $60,000 per year and restricted them to a single four-year term in office. Measure D will increase their salaries to $185,460.976 and their benefits to $68,556.82 along with add-on pay of roughly $17,800 for a total annual compensation of $271,817.79. It will also allow those supervisors already in office to serve three more four-year terms and all future supervisors to served three terms in office as well.Likewise, Measure EE is being voted upon countywide. It asks whether San Bernardino County officials should importune State of California officials to provide them with what the sponsor says is the county’s “fair share” of state and federal funds, including threatening to have San Bernardino County secede from the state if Sacramento is not forthcoming with that money.
Measure F, which is to be decided by Redlands voters, is intended to reinforce the controlled-growth Proposition R passed in 1978, the limited growth Measure N approved in 1987 and slow growth Measure U put in place by the city’s voters in 1997. Measure F would do so through preventing development in San Timoteo Canyon by prohibiting rezoning of land there now designated for agricultural use “unless changed by a majority vote of the electorate.” It also sets limitation on the height of building in the city, with allowances specified for the city’s so-called Transit Villages, which are areas intended for the construction of tenements in the immediate vicinity of five stops along the commuter rail line that runs through the city. Buildings in the downtown and university transit villages are to be limited to three stories or 43 feet in height with an exception of those within a quarter of a mile from the rail station within the University Transit Village, which is subject to a four stories of height and 68 feet in height limitation/exception. Buildings in the Alabama Street, California Street and New York Street Transit Villages are limited to four stories and 68 feet in height. One further exception is carved out for non-residential hotels which are to be permitted and developed anywhere in the five Transit Villages with the height and size to be determined by the city council such that they are not subject, necessarily, to height limitations, conditional upon approval by the city’s future political leadership.
Measure H will go before the voters in Barstow on November 8, asking them whether the city’s mayor is to continue to be directly elected or instead selected in the future from among five council members elected by-district. The mayoral selection process will be, if Measure H passes, subject to the discretion of the city council. Should Measure H pass and the office of a directly elected mayor is dispensed with, there would follow a requirement that the city to be divided into five districts rather than its current four.
Measure II asks Montclair voters whether they want to allow marijuana to be commercially available within the city.
Measure J is a referendum on whether Redlands voters want to impose a tax of ten-and-one-half- cents per square foot of floor space on distribution centers in the city.
Measure K, if passed by the voters in the Town of Yucca Valley, would raise the transient occupancy tax, otherwise known as a hotel tax or bed tax, from its current 7 percent to 12 percent.
Measure L, to be decided by Upland’s voters, asks whether they want to impose an additional 1 cent per dollar sales tax within the City of Gracious Living.
Measure M, subject to a vote that will be decided in Grand Terrace, calls for establishing a 10 percent transient occupancy tax within that 3.5-square mile city.
Measure N, which is applicable only in Needles, seeks to make that city’s current transient occupancy tax applicable to short-term rentals.
Measure O, which goes before the voters in the City of Big Bear Lake, would if passed limit the number of vacation rental licenses the city may issue to a maximum of 1,500 and limit the number of vacation contracts to 30 per year per property, excluding home-sharing arrangements, while limiting duplexes, triplexes and four-plexes to one vacation rental per property.
Another Measure being considered by those in the City of Big Bear Lake is Measure P, which calls for an increase in the transitory occupancy tax from 8 percent to 9 percent in 2024 and a further increase from 9 percent to 10 percent in 2025.
Ontario’s voters are due to vote on Measure Q, which will add one percent to the sales tax collected in that city.
Measure R asks the voters of Montclair to set a 7 percent tax on commercial marijuana or cannabis transactions in that city if the city makes a determination that those currently banned products can be sold within the city.
In Colton, voters there will consider Measure U, which would if passed impose a one cent per dollar transaction and use tax, which is the city’s parlance for a sales tax.

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