- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to veto a $19 million funding plan dealt a hefty blow to four new Riverside County cities that were counting on the measure to make up for lost revenue.

The recently created cities had hoped a bill sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Richard Roth would restore funding lost after state lawmakers shifted vehicle license fee revenue away from municipalities, the Press-Enterprise reported (https://bit.ly/1yy73Uj ) on Tuesday.

The cities of Jurupa Valley, Eastvale, Menifee and Wildomar depended more on license fee revenues than older cities, which have other sources of revenue. Jurupa Valley has said it could run out of money in two years and declared its intention to disincorporate earlier this year.

While Jurupa Valley’s interim City Manager Gary Thompson said the city should ask about the possibility of an override, he recognized it is unlikely. The city will discuss its next steps at a meeting on Thursday.

“We’re going to have to reduce law enforcement and cut it down to bare-bones nothing,” Jurupa Valley Councilman Verne Lauritzen said. “That puts people in jeopardy and it puts deputies in jeopardy.”

Menifee and Eastvale officials said the veto would also affect their public safety budgets.

Roth had proposed funding the four cities with property tax revenues that would have been repaid from the general fund. The goal, local officials say, was to put the cities on equal footing with other municipalities.

In his veto on Sunday, Brown wrote that he recognized the state’s economy had improved, but did not “believe that it would be prudent to authorize legislation that would result in long term costs to the general fund that this bill would occasion.”

Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, a Republican who represents Jurupa Valley and Eastvale, said Brown was out of touch with local concerns.

“I don’t think this was even a serious consideration for him,” Tavaglione said. “They basically thumbed their nose at us.”


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