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Assembly Local Government Committee Passes Infrastructure Financing District Bill

June 14, 2013
California cities made progress ing funding local infrastructure on Wednesday afternoon when SB 33 (Wolk) passed the Assembly Local Government Committee on a 5–2 vote.
The bill now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  
The League-supported SB 33 is a reintroduction of SB 214 of 2012 and makes crucial updates to Infrastructure Financing District (IFD) Law. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed SB 214 but his veto message left open the possibility that he would reconsider the policy in the future. For more background on SB 214, please see “ SB 214 (Wolk) Is Most Useful Tool on Governor’s Desk for Infrastructure Development,“ CA Cities Advocate, Sept. 13, 2012.
Although IFD laws have been on the books for decades, the tool itself has been rarely if ever used because of its restrictive and confusing requirements. Sen. Wolk’s (D-Davis) bill makes much needed improvements and clarifications to IFD law so that local agencies can actually use this tool for a wide range of local infrastructure. Cities throughout California are facing dire infrastructure challenges and SB 33 will enable cities to address deteriorated streets and roads, outdated sewer and water systems and more.
SB 33 is identical to SB 214. The League has produced a two-page summary explaining SB 33 which is available on the League’s website .
Cities that have yet to send a support letter on SB 33 are encouraged to do so now. Bill language, the League’s support letter and a sample support letter are available online.

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