Senator Stone’s Local Agency Transparency Bill signed by Governor Brown

Sacramento, Ca. — Senate Bill 1202 by Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside), which secures an additional level of transparency on reporting requirements for local agencies, was signed today by Governor Jerry Brown.

The bill had previously received unanimous support in both the State Senate and the Assembly.

In order to measure the success of the development impact fees, local agencies are required to file Annual “AB 1600”, and Five Year Reportable Fees Reports. The reports answer simple questions designed to show that the fees were appropriate and the monies collected have been spent on the necessary infrastructure, to off-set the burdens of a growing community.

However, nearly 30 % of local agencies with local ordinances allowing for the collection of mitigation fees fail to meet the annual reporting requirements of the Mitigation Fee Act.

“If a local agency fails to comply with the reporting requirements for three years SB 1202 will trigger an independent audit and the local agency would have to pay for that audit,” said Senator Stone.  “This bill will have a positive impact when it comes to local agencies that continue to collect mitigation fees for numerous years in a row but do not complete the necessary report.”

“I thank the Governor and the legislature for their support of this important legislation,” Senator Stone concluded.

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