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Tuolumne County Suing State

City and county officials up and down California are threatening the Legislature with legal action if billions of dollars are not restored to cities and counties as a result of the cut in the car tax. Tuolumne County has joined the ranks.

Yesterday, both the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized lawsuits against the state over money lost when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger rolled back an unpopular tax hike imposed on car owners.

Now the counties of Contra Costa, Humboldt, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Tuolumne, Tulare and Yolo have also threatened suit. The car tax was raised last summer as part of the budget solution crafted by former Governor Gray Davis and the Legislature to bring in about $4 billion annually. But the hike proved a pivotal issue in the recall campaign.