Sen. Richard Roth (D-Riverside) and Assembly Member Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) championed this measure because their districts are home to California’s most recently incorporated cities that lost crucial VLF funds in 2011.
Although all cities were affected by the loss of city shares of VLF, these four cities were hit hardest because they were much more reliant on VLF than the other 478 California cities. This is due to prior legislative tinkering with local revenue sources.
League-supported SB 130, is similar to this year’s SB 37 (Roth), and allows the four cities to receive allocations of property tax as VLF adjustment amounts that all other cities receive.
For more on SB 130 and the history of the VLF swap, please see “Budget Trailer Bill SB 130 Contains Long-Sought Fix for Struggling Newly-Incorporated Cities,
” CA Cities Advocate
, April 25, 2017.
The League thanks the Governor for signing this important measure.