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County joins fight to protect funds

October 01, 2009|Tami Abdollah

Orange County will join other California counties and cities in suing the state to block it from tapping redevelopment reserves.

County supervisors voted in closed session to join the lawsuit, which argues that taking $2 billion in local redevelopment funds to balance the state budget is unconstitutional.

According to recent estimates, Orange County's share would be about $10.6 million over this and next fiscal year.

"We were advised that if we didn't participate and L.A. County prevailed, that the benefit of that win in court would not apply unless you were an ally in the case," said Supervisor John Moorlach.

He said Los Angeles County will be the main party in the case and absorb the costs.

-- Tami Abdollah

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, October 04, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 National Desk 2 inches; 66 words Type of Material: Correction
Lawsuit against state: In a news brief in Thursday's Section A on Orange County joining a suit to block the state from tapping redevelopment reserves, Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach said Los Angeles County would be the main party in the case and absorb the costs. He later corrected himself and said Orange County "is going to be paying a proportionate share to be calculated later."

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