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County Grants Wildomar Some Financial Relief

Wildomar will be granted a deferral until July, when it must make its first $100,000 payment toward reducing $1.77 million in transition-related debt to the county.

The city of Jurupa Valley, deep in a financial crisis, will be relieved of making $6 million in payments for law enforcement services due to a cost-deferral plan implemented Tuesday by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

The board also voted Tuesday in favor of permitting Menifee and Wildomar to delay reimbursements to the county for the cost of services provided to each during their transitions from unincorporated communities to full-fledged cities.

Menifee will be allowed to suspend payments until 2015, when it must begin amortizing $1 million owed to the county, according to Executive Office documents.

Menifee incorporated in October 2008.

Wildomar will be granted a deferral until July, when it must make its first $100,000 payment toward reducing $1.77 million in transition-related debt to the county.

Wildomar incorporated in July 2008.

"If we don't see some fiscal help that allows them to pay this back, there's no more going down this path," board Chairman John Benoit warned before joining his colleagues in a unanimous vote in favor of the relief effort.

Under the plan, the financially strapped Jurupa Valley, which incorporated on July 1, 2011, will be spared paying the last six months of sheriff's department services until 2015.

The county will cover the deficiency by drawing down its reserves.

"We cannot continue to carry the city," said Supervisor John Tavaglione, whose district encompasses Jurupa Valley. "We want to see the city survive, but it's going to take a legislative fix. We can only do so much during this period."

The loss stemmed from the signing of Senate Bill 89 into law as part of Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment package. SB 89 redirected $15 million that would have gone to Jurupa Valley and its sister cities into a "Law Enforcement Services Account" established to assist public safety agencies statewide impacted by realignment, under which more state responsibilities were shifted onto counties, including incarcerating "low-level" criminal offenders and prosecuting parole violators.

Sens. Bill Emmerson, R-Hemet, and Richard Roth, D-Riverside, have proposed another rescue package in the form of Senate Bill 56, which would restore some of the VLF revenue to each of the nascent cities.

The bill is in committee.

Jurupa Valley officials told City News Service last August that disincorporation may be the only option if the state does not come through with the necessary funds. --City News Service

 

Ken Mayes February 27, 2013 at 06:35 PM
The county is complaining their 40 million in the hole, for now, and they are giving Wildomar additional time to pay off the debt which the city has know for 5 years was due by June 30th of this year. Yet, Wildomar still occupies a city hall costing 120K a year, throwing another 450K a year at animal control of which they had to borrow 50K of for the last 2 years. They finally managed to eliminate one of the executive positions saving 250K plus annually and it looks like they are going to save untold thousands on a vendor that is leaving. Lets hope this leads to a wake up call and Wildomar finally gets its finances in order. As for SB 56, the proposed bail out from the state, this bill was introduced back on January 7 and is still an empty bill going nowhere.
Martha L. Bridges February 27, 2013 at 09:02 PM
The County of Riverside may have agreed to restructuring the $1.9 million we owe them for the transition year, but notice that the city has carefully avoided telling the public just how much more interest that will cost us or if we’ll end up with a BIG BALLOON PAYMENT in a few years. Work is starting on the 2013 – 2014 budget and part of that process should be a clear acknowledgement of ANY and ALL DEBTS. The city shouldn’t keep sweeping their financial obligations under the carpet while overspending on no bid and/or ineffective contract services. It seems we have a city council that excels at kicking the financial can down the road – all while often spending our tax dollars on meaningless and unnecessary frills, events and the trappings of city-hood. In short, the city is paying too much for many services, and getting too little in return. It's high time city put some teeth into their fiscal oversight processes. We don't need expensive city staff coordinating tap dancing and sewing lessons at city hall or CPR and CERT classes on the taxpayers' dime to pump up their job description and justify an inflated salary. Those things are available to Wildomar's citizens from other resources. Our roads are falling apart, and our public safety services have been cut to the bone. It's time to put some of these unnecessary and costly city expenses on the chopping block, and give priority to funding good basic services within budget and without any new taxes.
Ken Lewis March 07, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Oh yes by all means lets build another city park for the local vandals, drug dealers, homeless, and gang members to hang out in a destroy. We need another park in wildomar like I need another hole for my buttox. Wildomar can't afford to pay for maintence,upkeep and securty on the parks we already have and all you hear from those in charge of the failing city is Lets build another park. They must have some kind of Park fetish. If the intelligence level of those running the city was magnified a 100,000 times and crammed up a ants rectum it would rattle around like a B B in a box car.

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