Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Parcel Tax, Measure F (June 2014)

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A Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Parcel Tax, Measure F ballot question was on the June 3, 2014 election ballot for voters in the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District in San Bernardino County, California, where it was overwhelmingly approved.

Measure F renewed for ten years a parcel tax that was originally approved through Measure Q in 2003 and set to expire on June 30, 2015. The parcel tax rate, under Measure F, was set to continue to be an annual $20 per unimproved parcel and $45 per improved parcel.[1]

Voters rejected an $11.5 million bond measure in 2008.

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for the approval of Measure F.

Election results

Measure F
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 2,706 80.56%
No65319.44%
Election results from San Bernardino County Elections Office

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:[2]

To continue maintaining local access to life-saving emergency medical care at Bear Valley Community Hospital, keep hospital medical technology/equipment up-to-date, and ensure the hospital has enough qualified doctors and nurses, shall Bear Valley Community Healthcare District extend its expiring parcel tax ($20 for unimproved parcels, $45 for improved) for 10 years only, with annual independent financial audits, no money for administrators, all funds dedicated to hospital services in Big Bear Valley, and without increasing tax rates?[3]

Support

Supporters

The following individuals signed the official arguments in favor of Measure F:[4]

  • Dr. Christopher Fagan, ER Physician and Director of the Emergency Department for the Bear Valley Community Hospital
  • Harriett "Helen" Walsh, president of the Bear Valley Hospital Foundation and an 18-year resident
  • Dr. Stephen Foulkes, PH.D, 55-year resident, local business owner and civic leader
  • Barbara Espinoza, 37-year registered nurse
  • Jeff Willis, Big Bear Fire Department Fire Chief

Arguments in favor

Supporters argued that renewing the parcel tax proposed by Measure F was essential to keeping the Bear Valley Community Hospital open. They stressed that the hospital featured the only emergency room on Big Bear Mountain and was necessary to offer quick emergency medical services to residents. They also pointed out that Measure F did not seek to increase taxes but only renewed an expiring parcel tax.[4]

Opposition

No official arguments were submitted in opposition to Measure F. If you have an argument that you would like to see posted here, please email the Local Ballot Measure Project staff writer.

Related measures

Defeatedd Bear Valley Community Hospital District bond proposition, Measure Q (June 2008)

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