City Council adopts budget forecasting the continuation of steady growth in all three major revenue sources.

On June 13, 2017, the City Council adopted the annual operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18. The outlook for the coming year indicates the continuation of steady growth in all three major revenue sources (property taxes, transient occupancy taxes and sales taxes); as such, the City’s budget is balanced with operating revenues in excess of operating expenditures and includes an investment in Capital Projects of $4.3 million of which $2.7 million is appropriated for Street Improvements.

The City remains diligent in its pursuit of alternative sources of funding to supplement local monies for infrastructure projects and has been quite successful at acquiring grant funding. In fact, 39% of the funding for budgeted capital and infrastructure enhancements will be provided by grants which have been awarded to the City.

In November 2008 voters adopted Measure Y, a measure to set aside 2% of the TOT collected for capital improvements aimed at enhancing the visitor experience. The passing of this measure has truly kept our local dollars in the community and improved and modernized our City. Since 2008, $7 million in Capital Projects have been funded through Measure Y funds. We will continue to utilize available funds from Measure Y to sustain the future of our unique mountain home and vibrant economy with new and inventive projects. Below is a chart depicting the projects utilizing Measure Y funds through budget years ending June 30, 2017. 

June 19, 2017

As you know, Southwest Gas is currently working on Big Bear Boulevard (Hwy 18) in the heart of Big Bear. The work and mandated maintenance being conducted is required to continue to provide safe and reliable natural gas service. We understand that construction affects traffic flow among businesses and residences and appreciate your patience as we work to improve our system.

There will be no roadwork from July 1-July 5 in observance of the Fourth of July holiday weekend.



Big Bear Summer Construction Details

Multiple construction projects are ongoing and planned for the summer months to complete the undergrounding work that was started last spring and completely overlay Big Bear Boulevard. These projects will provide much needed updates to our Natural Gas lines, enhanced reliability on all utility services and smoother more aesthetically pleasing main thoroughfare for our residents and visitors. We understand that the number of projects, timeframes and detours can be frustrating and feel like an inconvenience, but all work will help generate improvements that will benefit our community.

Below is a summary of details for the projects to help plan your travel over the next several months.

1. Caltrans:

  • Work on handicap returns and curb gutter and asphalt work is scheduled to be completed prior to the July 4th Holiday Asphalt repairs will also continue along the “front grade” (18/330) for completion by winter. Culvert maintenance will take place in the fall as it has in previous years.

  • Full overlay of Big Bear Boulevard handled by Matich Construction is scheduled to begin on August 1st and continue through October. Traffic control will be in effect during the project.

2. Bear Valley Electric Service:

  • BVES still plans to be fully underground and wire pulling/topping of utility poles complete by June 30th

3. Charter:

  • Work for undergrounding of Charter lines is now mostly contained to side streets. No work will be done by Charter contractors June 30th through July 10th

4. Southwest Gas

  • Southwest Gas contractor Arizona Pipeline continues work to the natural gas line along Big Bear Boulevard. Beginning June 22 all steel plates will be ground down for ease of travel through the July 4th Holiday. Work is scheduled to be completed by June 30th with the exception of a few services in the Red Ant Hill area July 6th and 7th 



Construction Alert


SAN BERNARDINO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) began preventative maintenance repairs on State Route 18 (SR 18) in various from Hilltop Boulevard in Running Springs to south of Lakeview Point near the Arctic Circle on May 22.

Work will continue to make repairs to the $2.3 million pavement rehabilitation project which took place last year. The final striping and recessed markers will be added next week and the work hours will change on Tuesday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Flagging will continue during the work hours.

The City of Big Bear Lake would like to remind residents holding yard sales this Memorial Day Weekend to obtain a ‘No-Fee Permit’.

Permit applications are available at the public counter in the Civic Center, located at 39707 Big Bear Blvd. The Civic Center is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Due to the busy holiday weekend and in lieu of the permit application, the City will permit residents to come in to City Hall and log their address or call (909) 866-5831 to be added to the list.

In addition, please do not post yard sale signs on power poles, street sign poles, traffic signal poles, trees or on any object in the public right-of-way. Be kind to the environment and do not post signs on trees – doing so could cause potential damage.

For more information, call the Community Services Department at (909) 866-5831.

Amgen TourOn May 19th Big Bear Lake will once again serve as host for the Amgen Tour of California. The Stage 6 Time Trial will be the race’s first ever high-altitude Time Trial, and the world will be watching as this tour cycling event includes two hours of live TV coverage on 24 media outlets worldwide broadcasting our community to over 11.3 million households in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Help us welcome the Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 Time Trial participants by making the community even more beautiful before their arrival. City staff is busy throughout the City, in residential neighborhoods and business districts, sprucing up for warmer weather and all upcoming special events. Be sure to say hello to our public works crews as they work on these projects.


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