SACRAMENTO – State Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) released a statement yesterday regarding the lawsuit filed by the State of California against the County of Orange because it withheld property taxes that the State believes it’s owed.
“The fact of the matter is that Orange County has been short-changed for years. We send much more money to Sacramento than we get back. This situation is a result of Orange County bankruptcy debt. The county was forced to satisfy Wall Street demands by choosing stable Vehicle License Fee (VLF) revenue rather than rising property taxes. However, last year’s state budget removed Orange County’s special VLF provision, so I believe we’re entitled to the new property tax money that Orange County decided to keep. Our county should be receiving distributions on par with the other 57 counties.
So I sympathize with the County Auditor and the Board of Supervisors, and understand why they took such aggressive action. Now the state is responding. We do need to find a fair solution and the courts may help decide this matter once and for all. I’m just hoping the ultimate outcome will be a solution that works for the County, local schools and the state on an annual basis.”
More on the state’s lawsuit here.