State Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) released a statement today regarding the announcement by the State of California that they will file suit against the County of Orange because it withheld property taxes that the State believes it’s owed:
“The fact of the matter is that Orange County has been short-changed for years. We send much more money to Sacramento than we get back. This situation is a result of Orange County bankruptcy debt. The county was forced to satisfy Wall Street demands by choosing stable Vehicle License Fee (VLF) revenue rather than rising property taxes. However, last year’s state budget removed Orange County’s special VLF provision, so I believe we’re entitled to the new property tax money that Orange County decided to keep. Our county should be receiving distributions on par with the other 57 counties.”
Solorio did not mention in his press release that he was one of “only two Orange County lawmakers to vote for the initial bill that took the $48 million in state vehicle license fee money, which the county uses to pay off the remaining debt from the 1994 bankruptcy, from the county in the first place in June as part of a state budget agreement. (The other lawmaker was Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, whose district only includes a sliver of Buena Park.),” according to the O.C. Register.
Solorio voted to give the $48 million back to the State of California – because Assembly Speaker John Perez said he would make sure we got it back. He of course lied about that.
Solorio is terming out this November. He is said to be considering a run for State Senator Lou Correa’s seat in two years, when Correa will term out. Perhaps the voters will forget about the $48 million by then…