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$1.7 Million For Wildomar Awaiting Governor's Signature: More Cops On The Street Expected

The city manager and the mayor said that if the governor inks the deal, putting more cops back on Wildomar streets is the absolute top priority.

Legislation that would restore to Wildomar $1.7 million in revenues is now awaiting Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.

Friday night and into Saturday morning, the state Senate approved AB 1098, which restores specific Vehicle License Fee revenues to cities.

For cities incorporated after August 2004, the cash that could be returned is significant. In addition to Wildomar, the newly incorporated cities of Jurupa Valley, Eastvale and Menifee would all see millions in revenues returned to the respective coffers.

Friday morning, Wildomar City Manager Frank Oviedo and Mayor Ben Benoit were cautiously optimistic as they awaited word out of Sacramento.

“Even if this gets passed, I’m not celebrating until the governor signs it,” Oviedo said.

The city manager and the mayor said that if the governor inks the deal, putting more cops back on Wildomar streets is the absolute top priority.

budget cuts were needed to keep the city solvent. Reductions were made across the board, but the cut to police service was arguably the toughest to swallow for city leaders: An already skinny level of police service was slashed nearly in half.

“We have seen increased crime,” Benoit admitted.

If AB 1098 is signed into law, funding for Wildomar city parks is up for discussion, but Benoit said he would like to rely instead on the upcoming , which asks voters of they are willing to pay an annual $28 flat tax to fund city parks.

Currently, Windsong and Heritage parks are closed due to lack of city funds, and Marna O’Brien is currently being kept open by diminishing community donations.

“If Measure Z passes in November, we will have a dedicated funding source for parks and we won’t have this problem again,” Benoit argued.

The issue of how to utilize the restored VLF funding – if approved by the governor -- will come back to Wildomar City Council for review.

jjwalker_dyno-mite September 04, 2012 at 09:23 PM
What is being built between the Hospital and Albertson's? Is it the new city hall?
Constant Comment September 04, 2012 at 09:48 PM
FOCUS MARFA! If you read above, you will see that it was Ken who brought up the 1920s & 30s. I'll help you with the rest of your comment too; your "1029' should have been 1920. Your "can rebutt" should have been can't. Your "expsoed" should have been exposed. (You were successful in exposing yourself with the fact that you can't spell!) You really need to put that bottle down! Just a suggestion. }~)
Wildomar Resident September 04, 2012 at 10:31 PM
If the City says it will cost under $200K/year to keep the parks open and maintained, and the new tax is designed to raise $350K, why not just have the 50% of the population that wants the parks pay their $28. Problem fixed, case closed.
Ken Mayes September 05, 2012 at 05:54 AM
The city of Wildomar is accepting applications for Community Block grants from non-profit service organizations until the 20th of September its to bad that whom ever set up WFFP did such a poor job that after a year they still do not have their 501(c)(3) letter from the IRS something that should have taken 3 months max. Maybe the people that live in the Windsong area should set up their own non-profit to manage Windsong Park. All the dog lovers could set one up for Regency Heritage Park. If done right they could have a pretty nice park by this time next year because I see no hope for WFFP and when Measure Z fails to garner enough votes I see this organization falling apart.
RR September 05, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I live in Heritage Regency and the park and near Marna O'Brien park. Most of the times these parks were/are empty. The Marna O'Brien park dumpster is a dumping ground for garbage and is overflowing. I count the cars as I drive by....need only one hand.

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