Beaumont, CA - On
Monday, June 2, 2014, the Beaumont City Council met in a Closed Session
meeting to discuss the recent litigation with Western Riverside Council
of Governments (WRCOG) regarding the Transportation Uniform Mitigation
Fee (TUMF) Program. The Beaumont City Council voted in favor of
appealing the courts May 22nd
ruling against the City. An appeal would “stay” the judgment until an
appeal ruling is made. The appeal process is expected to take between
one and three years.
During the City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 3rd, Mayor Brenda Knight addressed the lawsuit. “While we would have liked to have won this round, it is just the first round and we are confident that the next round will be won as Beaumont has built $62 million in TUMF roads,” stated Mayor Knight.
Mayor Knight avowed, “There will be no new taxes on any existing residents and businesses. This is a fee program, to be paid by developers. Each Council Member, if they so wish, will take a ‘no new taxes’ pledge for our residents or businesses, for as long as they are on the Council. And I pledge that to you!”
Mayor Knight also discussed the City Council’s decision to appeal the ruling. She stated, “Because over 22 boxes of documents and 18 legal issues supporting the City were not examined or analyzed, the City Council voted to appeal the ruling…Should any financial obligation remain following the appeal, it will not affect existing residents or businesses or impact the delivery of City services. Any potential obligation to WRCOG is a building fee obligation on future development that would represent only a small part of Beaumont’s ongoing $300 million dollar road building program.”
A workshop highlighting how the Beaumont Community Facilities District (CFD 93-1) has worked cooperatively with the TUMF Program has been scheduled for the upcoming Beaumont Cares Awareness Team (BCAT) Meeting on July 2nd. Residents interested in learning more about Beaumont’s participation in the TUMF program are encouraged to attend. BCAT meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Beaumont Civic Center, located at 550 E. 6th Street.
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May 22, 2014, an Orange County Superior Court judge in Western
Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) issued an oral ruling
expressing the court's intent to award WRCOG a judgment against the City
for $42 million plus interest. The rationale for the ruling was the
failure of the City to contribute that amount of money towards WRCOG's
Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (TUMF) Program. A judgment has not
yet been filed and will not be filed until after a statement of
decision has been prepared and signed by the court.