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Fontana Police Department
Thursday August 28th, 2014 :: 09:20 a.m. PDT


City Joining Statewide Effort Urging Governor to Restore Public Safety Dollars

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Fontana, California- Cash-strapped California cities feeling the pain after SB 89 eliminated $137 million in city vehicle license-fee money used for public safety are urging the Governor to sign SB 69 and AB 1521 to fix the unintended consequence.

The City of Fontana is joining the newly formed neighboring cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar in Riverside County and effected cities across the state in urging Governor Jerry Brown to sign SB 69 and AB 1521 to restore lost funding to more than 144 cities. The funding would allow these cities to receive additional property tax dollars and place them on more equal ground with older cities. "The loss of these funds adversely impacts pubic safety for Fontana residents," said Fontana Police Chief Rod Jones.

In 2011, Governor Brown signed SB 89 as part of the state's budget-balancing mission. One of the unintended consequences of the bill swept away city vehicle license-fee money which was an essential funding source that had been dedicated to new cities and cities that annexed inhabited areas. The money was re-directed to fund Public Safety Realignment. The cuts have been devastating to many cities across the state, especially when it comes to funding public safety.

The average per capita loss of funds to the majority of California cities was $3.50. Fontana, which recently annexed previously unincorporated land, was hit twice as hard with a loss of $7.50 per resident, which is roughly a total of $1.4 million. The four newly incorporated cities to the south in Riverside County, suffered a per resident loss of nearly $50.00. The cuts have devastated the stability and future growth of many California cities. The City of Fontana is unable to hire more officers until the vehicle-license fees are restored. "With the restoration of VLF funds, we can fill these officer positions and provide better for our resident's public safety needs," said City of Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren.

City of Fontana leaders are working with Riverside County leaders to set up a meeting with the Governor's staff to ensure the passage of SB 69 and AB 1521. The bills will rectify the inequities currently facing newly incorporated cities and cities that recently annexed inhabited areas. The meeting is expected to take place in September.

Fontana Police Department
17005 Upland Ave
Fontana, CA 92335

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Non-emergencies: 909-350-7700

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