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Payments from the $778.2 Million Appropriation for Pre-2004 Local Agency Mandate Claims

Pursuant to the Budget Act of 2014, Control Section 6.20 – Mandates Trigger, the State Controller's Office was authorized to make payments totaling $778.2 million to local agencies for the reimbursement of costs incurred in fiscal years 2003-04 and prior, including interest.

Department of Finance (DOF) Letter of Instruction to the State Controller's Office - November 23, 2015 (supersedes the DOF's letter dated May 27, 2015)

Detailed Payment Information

All principal payments for pre-2004 local agency mandate claims have been paid. A warrant was issued for each claim filed; therefore, most claimants received multiple warrants.

Pursuant to Government Code section 17561, subdivision (d)(2)(C), payments to local agencies shall be adjusted to correct for any underpayments or overpayments that occurred in previous fiscal years. Any established accounts receivable for pre-2004 claims, as a result of overpayments, are offset from the payment.

Principal

Interest

Interest payments for pre-2004 local agency mandate claims have been made.  A warrant was issued for each claim filed; therefore, most claimants received multiple warrants. Any established accounts receivable, as a result of overpayments, are offset from the payment.

Interest is calculated as follows:

Initial Claims:

  • If payment is not made within 365 days after the adoption of the statewide cost estimate, interest begins to accrue on the 366th day, pursuant to Chapter 45, Statutes of 1996, effective May 15, 1996, operative on July 1, 1996.

Subsequent or Annual Claims:

  • If claims remain unpaid 60 days after the filing due date, interest begins to accrue on the 61st day, or actual date of receipt of claims, whichever is later. This applies to claims filed during fiscal years 1995-96 through 2005-06, pursuant to Chapter 45, Statutes of 1996, effective May 15, 1996, operative on July 1, 1996.

Additional Information:

Chapter 25, Statutes of 2014 (SB 852), Budget Act

  • Control Section 6.20 – Mandates Trigger, page 668