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Schwarzenegger cuts Williamson Act
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed Williamson Act
funding from the state budget.
Schwarzenegger signed the budget Tuesday after using his veto
power to cut $656 million in program funding that lawmakers
approved last week.
Among the cuts was the Williamson Act, through which the state
pays local governments subventions -money that replace property
taxes lost when jurisdictions enter contracts with landowners to
preserve farmland in exchange for lower tax assessments.
Schwarzenegger cut the state's $35 million subvention fund to the
token amount of $1,000, "effectively suspending the program,"
according to a summary from the governor's office. The move is
consistent with Schwarzenegger's past proposals to eliminate
Williamson Act funding.
Lawmakers, currently on summer recess, could still override the
vetoes. The Williamson Act enjoys broad political support.
Local governments must honor the lower property tax assessment
rates even if they don't receive the subventions.
Staff writer Wes Sander is based in Sacramento. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday July 30, 2009 03:05 AM Pacific
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