FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 7, 2014
County Prevails in Lawsuit Challenging Fire Funds Rebate
(Santa Ana, CA) — An Orange County Superior Court judge has invalidated a plan by the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) to redirect revenues paid to the Authority for fire protection, delivering a victory to County attorneys who claimed the payments constituted a gift of public funds.
The County Board of Supervisors voted in January to challenge the OCFA’s so-called “equity” plan, which would have allowed OCFA revenue to be spent on non-fire- protection purposes, with most of the rebates going to the city of Irvine. Continue reading