Grand Terrace

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 11/06/13, 6:02 PM PST |

GRAND TERRACE >> “We are devastated. We are numb.”

Those are the words Grand Terrace Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz used to describe the voters’ dramatic rejection Tuesday of a utility tax that would have continued the current level of city services despite falling sales tax revenues and the loss of the city Redevelopment Agency.

With the failure of Measure C, City Manager Betsy M. Adams said Wednesday she and her staff have begun the steps to start trimming services, including the closure of the city’s two largest parks, turning City Hall into a two-day-a-week operation and cutting power off from the Senior Center.

Voters in the 3.5-square-mile city, geographically the smallest in San Bernardino County, rejected Measure C by a 60 percent majority, 1,141 votes against it and 760 for it.

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