The Sonoma County Community Redevelopment Agency, along with all other 400 redevelopment agencies in California, was dissolved on February 1, 2012 by the action of the State Legislature as confirmed by a decision of the California Supreme Court.
To facilitate the wind-down process, the State of California required the establishment of successor agencies to the redevelopment agencies to manage redevelopment projects currently underway, make payments on enforceable obligations, and dispose of redevelopment assets and properties. State law mandated that redevelopment agencies’ non-housing funds and assets be transferred to a successor agency, and housing assets and functions be transferred to a successor housing agency.
The dissolution of redevelopment included the responsibility for successor agencies to create lists of “Enforceable Obligations,” which when approved for continued payment, we able to be satisfied by a portion of the tax increment associated to the prior Redevelopment Agency. Consequently, property tax revenues are now being used to satisfy required payments on existing bonds, other obligations, and pass-through payments to local governments, with the balance of previous Redevelopment Tax Increment payments being distributed to taxing entities, including cities, counties, special districts, and school and community college districts.