Santa Rosa plans to sue the state to recover some of the millions of dollars it lost when its redevelopment agency was dissolved.
A Sacramento County judge has issued a final ruling in favor of Sonoma County’s bid to complete its two largest redevelopment projects — the long-planned Highway 12 street and sidewalk upgrades north of Sonoma and the proposed residential and commercial complex at an abandoned shopping center in Santa Rosa’s Roseland neighborhood.
A judge Friday gave new life to a pair of high-profile redevelopment projects in Sonoma County, tentatively ruling that state finance officials abused their authority by essentially demanding the county give up millions of dollars allocated for the work.
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.
Sonoma County supervisors were told Tuesday that they could have $24.4 million in property tax revenue available through mid-2017 to complete former county redevelopment projects and programs.
Healdsburg has received some welcome news — approval to spend $13.5 million in bond proceeds that were at stake after the state dissolved redevelopment agencies.
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.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday allocated $450,000 to continue one of its major redevelopment projects: Street and sidewalk improvements along Highway 12 north of Sonoma.