AB 213: Another Attempt to Return VLF Revenue to Cities

California lawmakers will take another crack at returning vehicle license fee revenues which were diverted away from cities in 2011.

Assembly Bill 213, introduced by Assemblywoman Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino), would return hundreds of millions of dollars annually to California cities that have expanded or annexed new areas — some of which were nearly forced to disincorporate after the funds were siphoned off by SB 89.

“This is the right thing to do,” Reyes told the Press-Enterprise. Three communities she represents — Fontana, San Bernardino and Colton — would benefit significantly from the bill.

This isn’t the first or even the second time that lawmakers have tried to undo the damage caused by SB 89. Then Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have restored the funds in 2014. Lawmakers tried again. Some revenue was returned to a handful of newly incorporated Riverside County cities in exchange for Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes and Senator Richard Roth’s support for the recent gas tax in 2017.

Among those supporting Reyes’ bill are Assemblymembers Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orlinda); Kansen Chu (D-Milpitas); James Gallagher (R-Yuba City); Devon Mathis (R-Visalia); Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake); James Ramos (D-Highland); Freddie Rodriguez (D-Chino); Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita); and Marie Waldron (R-Escondido).