Airport projects won’t be delayed
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/05/2011 07:02:39 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The agency in charge of redevelopment around the former Norton Air Force Base says an accounting mistake of several million dollars by the county won’t impair upcoming projects, even as it hammers out its new budget.

The Inland Valley Development Agency owes $6.5 million to the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, according to county records.

The agency, a joint-powers authority comprising San Bernardino County and the cities of San Bernardino, Colton and Loma Linda, was found to owe the money after the Office of the County Auditor, Controller and Treasurer used the wrong formula to calculate the amount owed in fiscal years 2008-09 and 2009-10.

An IVDA official said the error was unfortunate but won’t affect projects.

“We’ve always been very conservative in our projections, so we were able to adjust quickly to the change,” said Mike Burrows, the IVDA’s assistant director.

Upcoming projects include the $12 million Mountain View Avenue bridge connecting San Bernardino and Central avenues, and $20 million in improvements on Fifth Street toward the 210 Freeway.

The Fifth Street project is funded in part by $10 million in grants.

Burrows said the agency, which is working on its budget, aims to get projects under way during the fiscal year starting July 1.

Burrows said the IVDA is in talks with the water district to work out an agreement for payment.

“Those discussions are going well,” he said.

Burrows said the overall tax-increment revenue for the IVDA is at around $23 million a year.

He called the $6.5 million error “substantial” but said it was fortunate for the agency that the mistake was caught now so that it could be addressed.

“Certainly this – from the overall revenue forecast – this was an important adjustment to make,” he said.

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