Jose Solorio tried and failed to get the state legislature to restore the $48 million that was lifted from our collective pocket books to help balance the state budget. the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to hire some lawyers to take the state to court and try to get our money back that way.
Voice of OC reports:
The Orange County Board of Supervisors today authorized in closed session the hiring of outside attorneys to explore legal action to recoup $48 million in tax revenues that Gov. Jerry Brown took to help balance this fiscal year’s state budget.
Board Chairman Bill Campbell and Nick Berardino, general manager of the Orange County Employees Association, traveled to Sacramento on several occasions in recent months in an all-out attempt to persuade state legislators to restore the funding.
And several members of Orange County’s legislative delegation labored until early Saturday morning to pass a law that would have done just that.
But the bill died in the state Senate as numerous other counties and cities got wind of what Orange County was seeking and tried to amend the bill to also restore some of their lost vehicle license fees.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) to hold back the bill, saying he wanted to work on a “global fix” in January.
So now, Campbell said, he will spend the next few months lobbying Steinberg to see that his “global fix” works for Orange County.
But until then, supervisors aren’t going to sit on their hands.
“This board will need to face alternative action plans as a result of the loss of the money,” Campbell said. “I don’t think we can wait given what’s happened.”
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