August 30, 2011 > Fremont City Council
Fremont City Council
August 24, 2011
Special Meeting of Fremont Redevelopment Agency
Meeting was called to adopt an Enforceable Obligations Payment Schedule (EOPS) allowing compliance with requirements associated with California Supreme Court decisions in regard to possible dissolution of the Agency. Since the League of California Cities, California Redevelopment Association and others have challenged the validity of restructuring redevelopment (ABx1 26 and ABx1 27), there is much confusion about what will ultimately be ruled constitutional; the fate of redevelopment is in doubt.
Fremont and some other cities had opted to continue redevelopment activities under a provision that requires additional payments to local schools and special districts as well as surcharges on future activities. However, since the current legal challenge involves all aspects of dissolution and voluntary continuation, the court ruled to "stay" the effectiveness of many provisions until final resolution of the matter. In effect, redevelopment agencies will not be dissolved October 1, 2011, nor will an "opt in" bill allowing continuation be in force as originally legislated. Unstayed provisions of the new legislation, however, arguably require an official list of all financial obligations of redevelopment agencies prior to August 29, 2011. If this is not done, there is a possibility that payment of these debts would be suspended.
All members of the Fremont Redevelopment Board were present (Bill Harrison by telephone from Hawaii) and approved "under protest and with reservation" Fremont's EOPS. The full document is available at: http://www.fremont.gov/DocumentView.aspx?DID=6002
Mayor Bob Wasserman Aye
Vice Mayor Suzanne Lee Chan Aye
Anu Natarajan Aye
Bill Harrison Aye
Dominic Dutra Aye