Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – 6:43 AM
By Laura Coleman
With all precincts (100 percent of the vote) reporting, Beverly Hills residents voted to approve the passage of Measure BH in yesterday’s election.
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.
According to the final tally, Measure BH received 59.47 percent of the vote. A total of 2,302 residents voted ‘Yes’ and 1,569 voted ‘No’ on the measure. Measure BH required 55 percent of the electorate to vote for it in order for it to pass.
Once the bonds are issued for sale, property owners are expected to 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.