Bill to help four cities passes again

May 31, 2016

The governor has vetoed similar legislation to help Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Wildomar and Menifee.


Once again, California’s Senate has passed legislation that would restore vehicle license fee revenue to four cities in Riverside County.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, passed 38-0 on Tuesday, May 31. It would restore license fee money to Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Wildomar and Menifee, all of which have gone without the funding after state lawmakers re-allocated the fees in 2011 to solve a budget crunch.

Similar bills have been repeatedly vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown, citing the need to protect the state’s general fund. A compromise offered by the governor’s office in the last state budget gave Riverside County a fire services credit intended to provide financial relief to the four cities.

“This is an issue I have been fighting for since before I was elected to the State Senate, and one I will continue to fight for until we have secured a victory,” Roth said in a news release.

The bill now goes to the state Assembly.

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