A controversial bid by Ventura County officials to pull unincorporated areas out of the Ventura Regional Sanitation District was tabled Wednesday by the Local Agency Formation Commission for 90 days.
Supervisor John Flynn said he asked for a "cooling off period" so that officials at the county, city and district levels would have time "to get together and find a solution."
LAFCO, the commission empowered by the state to regulate local government boundaries and districts, had scheduled a hearing Wednesday on the issue.
The debate revolves around the county's claim that it is entitled to a percentage of property taxes that the regional sanitation district collects from unincorporated county areas. The money amounts to about $240,000 annually, and county officials say they need it to help fund the new Solid Waste Management division of the Resource Management Agency, which plans and regulates waste policies countywide.