Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility (CFR)
A Division of ACRU
LOCAL FACTS AND ACCURATE REPORTING
YOU WILL NOT GET FROM LOCAL MEDIA.
FIRST INSTALLMENT one of our valleys most important financial issues, the fact that
our local airport has amassed and illegally hoarded over $6 MILLION DOLLARS of Valley
taxpayer funds squirreled away in various savings accounts throughout southern California.
In 1979 California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 4 more commonly known as the
“Gann Limit” which in short requires that ‘any state or local’ governmental agency must return ‘all’
unneeded unnecessary funds to the district that supplied/paid the tax.
The “LAW” requires the funds be returned/distributed in the following manner, 50% to the
taxpayers, and 50% to the taxed districts, grade K thru 14.
Our Airport was presented a “Letter of Demand” by a San Diego Attorney, citing the Prop 4 law
and its requirements to return the funds which at the time of presentation, October 14, 2015 were
approx. $6.5 MILLION DOLLARS.
Therefore, our community property taxpayers, and ‘all’ our valley schools are entitled to a refund
of approx. $3 Million Dollars each, respectively.
Our Airport Board of Directors in an egregious and despicable act of “GOVERNMENT GREED”
Are attempting to EVADE a legal requirement, and avoid their “MORAL OBLIGATION” by denying
any responsibility to the law, and thereby denied the demand letter, in their apparent hope the
issue would ‘die by community apathy’, thereby DENYING VALLEY CHILDREN
THEIR LEGAL RIGHT TO $3 MILLION DOLLARS OF SCHOOL FUNDING THAT COULD BE
USED FOR SUPPLIES, COMPUTERS, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, SPORTS EQUIPMENT,
BUSES, STUDENT TRAVEL ETC.
The Big Bear (general aviation) airport became a Special district in the late 1970’s.
Under California Special District rules our airport has a 5 member Board of Directors.
Other special district requirements are:
a board secretary
It’s important to note, except for the ‘Airport Manager’ position none of the state special district
position requirements are counted as airport employees.
Big Bear airport is among the smallest and least busy in the county.
San Bernardino County division of airports operates and maintains 6 airport facilities,
29 Palms, Apple Valley, Chino, Baker, Barstow, and Needles, all save Baker are larger and busier
than Big Bear.
All except Chino have ‘NO’ onsite employees.
Chino, the county’s largest and busiest general aviation airport has 7 employees, the highest
level position is ‘Airport Supervisor’, at an airport that is 10 times larger than Big Bear, with 10
times annual movements* activity, 8 to 10 times the number of based aircraft, approx. 50 private
businesses, approx. 100 times private business employees, who generate 10’s of Millions of
Dollars in annual revenue, compared to Big Bears less than 1 Million.
Big Bear airport employs 10 full and part time, actual workload needs require no more than 3
employees, with snow removal one of the primary workload requirements that could be
contracted with local snow removal companies on an as needed basis for those few days a year
where snow removal is a requirement.
Our airport is significantly over staffed, positions overcompensated, and hundreds of thousands
of tax payer dollars wasted annually.
Please Refer to the Airport Comparison Chart for a more graphic presentation of
Also for comparison is a chart showing the Carlsbad, San Diego County Airport Economic Contributions
And a chart showing comparisons with the Big Bear Lake City Manager's compensation
Meetings Calendar, BBC Airport