Now that California has a balanced budget, several counties are asking for some overdue reimbursement, to the tune of $17 million.
These bills have been piling up over the course of a decade or so -- back-pay for taxes that the state promised to hand over to counties when it converted some of their land into wildlife sanctuaries.
Everything used to be on track but when we hit the budget crunch, it all came to a halt.
Now Yolo County is owed $1.4 million; Solano County, $600,000; Sutter County $250,000; and Yuba County $700,000.
These counties say, what's a drop in the bucket for the state, could really help out their general funds.
Assemblyman Dan Logue has asked Governor Jerry Brown to order the Fish and Game Department to make these payments as soon as possible.