Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 06/14/2012 10:06:01 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – After the blow of having lost millions of dollars in redevelopment funds, city leaders expressed further disgust Thursday over news that state lawmakers are considering taking even more money away.

The Rancho Cucamonga Fire District could stand to lose about a third of its budget – roughly $8 million – after city officials received notice from state finance officials on Wednesday that property tax revenue, normally set aside for special districts, could be taken to shore up the state budget.

Such action would come in the form of a trailer bill attached to the new state budget that is set to be adopted by state lawmakers within the week, city officials said.

Mayor Dennis Michael said the potential loss could have a grave impact for residents.

“To me it’s sickening quite honestly because for the city of Rancho Cucamonga and its fire district, it could mean millions of dollars if we lose that — and that means lives,” Michael said. “That means some serious consequences, or it means that the public, in order to sustain services, are going to have to come up with some source of revenue, because we have no other sources of revenue to solve this.”

Assistant City Manager Linda Daniels said it’s unclear whether the state could take away all of what is called “pass-through agreement” revenue for the fire district, or a portion of it. What is clear is the potential pass-through take-away would be problematic for the fire department.

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