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Cities Encouraged to Review the List of Suspended State Mandates for Possible Savings

July 18, 2017
Most city officials do not relish complying with state mandates, but what they may not know is each year in the annual budget process the Legislature and Governor agree to “suspend” many.
 
This is done so that the state does not have to reimburse local agencies for the costs. The Department of Finance (DOF) has released its annual letter notifying the League that 56 mandates have been suspended for FY 2017-18.
 
The letter from DOF notes that during this period, local agencies are not required to implement any of these previously mandated programs nor will local agencies be reimbursed for associated costs. The requirement stems from Proposition 1A of 2004 (sponsored by the League), which included this “pay or suspend” requirement. Prior to Prop. 1A, the state simply would defer payment and was years in arrears.
                     
This list that includes topics such as airport land use commission plans, background checks, Local Coastal Plans and other items may provide a city with opportunities to revise past practices and perhaps incur cost savings. Additional information on any of these specific mandates can be found on the State Mandates Commission website.


 
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