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State Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel.

While local officials have long wrangled over the Fort Ord Reuse Authority, the power over the agency ultimately resides in Sacramento. On May 21, the state Senate voted 38-0 to support a bill that would allow FORA to operate with limited capacities for two years, following its sunset date of July 1, 2020.

Those extra two years are supposed to give local jurisdictions enough time to figure out how to carry out FORA’s long-term responsibilities and how to collect fees from previously approved development projects.

Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, authored SB 189 and it has passed to the Assembly, Robert Rivas, D-Hollister and Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, are backing it.

“SB 189 ensures the successful transition of the Fort Ord Reuse Authority by providing the Monterey Bay region with the tools for dissolution,” Monning writes in a statement. “Our focus is to provide a strong path forward that benefits the region and is consistent with the Base Reuse Plan.”

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The version of SB 189 passed by the Senate incorporates some amendments that had been requested by local officials when Monning first presented his proposal. For example, SB 189 now says FORA cannot issue bonds or make additions to the Base Reuse Plan after the 2020 sunset date.

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Asaf Shalev is a staff writer at the Monterey County Weekly. He covers higher education, the military, the environment, public lands and the geographic areas of Seaside, Monterey, Sand City, Big Sur and Carmel Valley.

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