On Wednesday, the San Bernardino County board of supervisors voted to put the secession measure on November’s ballot. The board voted 4-0 in favor of the measure.
The measure does not directly ask voters to vote on seceding from the state. The bill asks if county members should “Consider secession as a means for the county to obtain what officials believe are the state and federal resources it deserves.”
San Bernardino is the largest county in terms of mass size in the continental United States. It stretches over 20,000 square miles and is larger than Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, and Rhode Island — combined.
The county houses 2.2 million people and is the fifth most populous county in the state. A current study shows that the county ranks 36 out of 56 for per capita revenue received from state and federal governments. Counties with fewer than 200,000 residents receive more federal and state funding than San Bernardino.
Supervisor Curt Hagman said, “It’s a question we’re going to put to our residents. Do they want to include all options to go after, fight for their fair share of taxpayer dollars?”