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550 East 6th Street
Beaumont, CA 92223
Beaumont Economic Stimulus Program
Economic Stimulus Program
On June 30, 2015, the successful Beaumont Economic Stimulus Program came to an end. With the nation facing its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Beaumont became one of the first cities in the nation to create its own economic stimulus. On Feb. 17, 2009, the Beaumont City Council unanimously approved a local “Economic Stimulus Program” to help homeowners, merchants, builders, and contractors through the hard times.

Choosing to see the proverbial glass as half full, the city cut fees on everything from building new neighborhoods to adding a single bedroom. Set in the heart of the economically distressed Inland Empire, Beaumont responded to the crisis by reducing building fees for new homes and businesses by 30 percent and slashing processing fees for existing residents and businesses by 50 percent.

The city used redevelopment funds to pay for up to 80 percent of public improvements such as sidewalks, curbs, and gutters. The program also let property owners defer interest on the city portion of their property tax bills and provided low-interest Redevelopment Agency loans to help merchants improve their buildings by putting up facades, new signs, and lighting. Beaumont also emphasized “green” and “sustainable” practices by encouraging energy conservation and partnering with Southern California Edison to deliver real savings to merchants who qualified for free energy upgrades. The local stimulus went far beyond cutting costs on the theory that making development more affordable would boost the local economy. The city then sent city staff and elected officials to Washington, D.C. to explain the local stimulus, winning wide support and high praise during their visit.

“Beaumont has taken positive steps to stimulate the local economy and encourage growth during this tough period,” Sen. Diane Feinstein said. “Beaumont survived the Great Depression thanks to the city’s ability to adapt and survive by pulling together and thinking creatively.”

In 2010, Beaumont won the coveted Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in City Business Relations for the stimulus plan.

Program Accomplishments

Property Owners
  • Working with local banks to help property owners who fall behind on their taxes
  • Special accounts setup to allow property owners to use payment plans
  • Deferral of the interest on the city portion of property tax bills

Businesses

  • Promoting the idea of “buy local”
  • Beaumont Business Resource Center page on our website to streamline all the information necessary to open a business in Beaumont

Residential & Commercial Improvements

  • A 30 - 50% reduction of fees for permits, plan check, and inspections
  • Temporary Postponement of Improvements Program to postpone standards improvements with a landowner signed agreement
  • No-cost pre-inspections

Developers
  • Working with the building industry, land owners, and public agencies on guidelines aimed at conserving natural resources and lowering construction costs
  • Temporary reduction of development impact mitigation fees

Results
See the latest fee waiver update.