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Department of Finance Releases FY 2019-20 Suspended State Mandates

July 1, 2019
Most city officials do not relish complying with state mandates, but what they may not know is that the Legislature and Governor agree to "suspend" numerous mandates in the annual budget process.
 
This means locals do not have to comply with them.
 
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 2018-19.
 
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, Brown Act, 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.
 
Read more about state mandates in the March 2014 issue of Western City article “Understanding State Mandates and Suspended Mandates: Local Government Impacts.”


 
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