Sonoma County’s lawsuit seeking to retain about $14 million in tax revenue to complete two high-profile redevelopment projects is set for its day in court Friday.
State finance officials again have rejected bids by Sonoma County and Santa Rosa to continue with several high-profile redevelopment projects, a move that may trigger them to join the growing list of local governments suing the state. The latest rejections from the Department of Finance will likely prompt the county to proceed with its lawsuit against the state, a county attorney said.
Sonoma County government leaders and state officials continue to tussle over the fate of two large redevelopment projects in the unincorporated area of the county. After more than a month of back-and-forth letters from the county and responses by the state, the tug-of-war has turned on a new issue — whether the county can count on $2.4 million in future tax dollars to carry out the two projects.