Updated: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – 11:43 PM
By Laura Coleman
With four out of 21 precincts (19.05 percent of the vote) reporting just before midnight, preliminary voting shows that Beverly Hills residents are on track to narrowly approve the passage of Measure BH.
Already, 1,052 residents’ ‘Yes’ votes have been tallied, along with 766 ‘No’ votes. Measure BH requires 55 percent of the electorate to vote for it in order for it to pass. It currently has 57.12 percent of the vote going in its favor.
The $385 million construction bond will be used to create a seismically safe 21st century learning environment for Beverly Hills Unified School District students, half of whom now learn inside temporary portable classrooms.
If the resolution passes, property owners will pay a tax increase of an average of 4.4 cents on $100 of assessed value for up to 25 years, with the amount diminishing markedly in the final decade.
The school district is currently in the middle of a massive construction program to renovate and seismically upgrade BHUSD. While the lion’s share (over $300 million) of the Measure BH bond is slated to go towards making major renovations at Beverly Hills High School, the bond also earmarks $13.59 million for classroom technology and $46 million to complete El Rodeo’s current construction program.
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