April 11, 2011 2:32 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • The town is poised to join the growing list of California cities who are rushing to commit redevelopment funds before the state can take them to help close its massive budget deficit.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s embattled budget proposal calls for eliminating redevelopment agencies altogether, using that property tax revenue to instead support education and local services. The State Department of Finance then drafted related urgency legislation that, if passed, would prohibit RDAs from encumbering tax increment.

Since the Legislature could take that action at any time, Apple Valley staff is asking Council tonight to approve allowing tax increment the town would be entitled to receive through its membership in the regional Victor Valley Economic Development Authority to be pledged toward infrastructure improvements. Though no specific details are available yet as to what projects that might include, the agenda states the money will go toward road, sewer, water, utility and storm drain/channel improvements.

Victorville and Hesperia approved similar moves last month, with Adelanto scheduled to vote on transferring property from its RDA to the city during Wednesday night’s meeting.

Other items of interest on the agenda for the Town Council’s consideration include:

• Discussion over concerns raised by Councilman Curt Emick over vendors, nonprofits or signature-gatherers soliciting support outside of private businesses. The City Attorney is recommending against an ordinance that prohibits solicitors, since case law has established “that this is an acceptable activity in certain locations under certain circumstances.

• Programs to offer incentives and reward families who participate in spay and neuter programs offered by the town. Staff will also present plans to start up an Animal Foster Homes program, temporarily housing sick or injured animals until they can be placed.

• Closed session talks regarding the town’s intervention in Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company’s proposed rate hike and sale to a large development company. The California Public Utilities Commission will begin holding hearings on the subject in Apple Valley next month.

These items are scheduled for discussion starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, at 14955 Dale Evans Parkway. Video from the meeting is streamed live at www.AppleValley.org, with a full agenda available on the website for public review.

Brooke Edwards may be reached at (760) 955-5358 or at bedwards@VVDailyPress.com.

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