Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/28/2012 10:54:18 PM PST

A controversial state Supreme Court ruling is forcing 400 redevelopment agencies throughout California to close, but officials overseeing redevelopment at the former Norton Air Force Base say work there will continue.

“We have and will continue to take the position that the law doesn’t apply to us,” said A.J. Wilson, interim executive director of San Bernardino International Airport.

The Inland Valley Development Agency funds airport redevelopment through property tax increment around the former Air Force base.

It’s one of three area redevelopment agencies leading reuse efforts on Air Force land.

The others are the Victor Valley Economic Development Authority, which oversees redevelopment work at the former George Air Force Base, and the March Joint Powers Authority, tasked with the former March Air Force Base.

Legislators voted last summer to eliminate redevelopment agencies in order to steer the property taxes they generate toward local services.

Gov. Jerry Brown proposed the move, and it was upheld last month by the state Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court also struck down a law that allowed redevelopment agencies to remain in existence if they opted into a voluntary redevelopment program.

Inland area cities scrambled to shutter their redevelopment agencies and find other solutions to rebuilding blighted areas.

Earlier this month, state legislators introduced a bipartisan measure to save redevelopment agencies from immediate elimination, but it seems unlikely that Brown will support it.

Some lawmakers want to extend from Feb. 1 to April 15 the deadline for dissolving redevelopment agencies in order to give agencies time to work with Sacramento on existing economic development projects and the establishment of a process for transferring assets and liabilities.

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