SACRAMENTO - New state legislation would reverse deep state budget cuts to four Riverside County cities by partially restoring a higher tax on people's vehicles.
But Republican opposition earlier this year to extending a 2009 temporary increase in vehicle license fees seemed as strong as ever Thursday, including among officials representing the four cities -- Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar -- facing insolvency.
The bill introduced Thursday would increase the annual vehicle license fee from the current 0.65 percent to 0.8 percent, beginning Jan. 1. The extra money would go to local law enforcement programs, loans related to Orange County's 1994 bankruptcy, and cities.
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