Bill to help four cities passes again
The governor has vetoed similar legislation to help Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Wildomar and Menifee.
By JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER
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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