In a decision released yesterday, December 16, 2020, the Riverside County Superior Court found that the the Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO) was within its authority to impose what the City believes are two unfair conditions on the City in order to take over control of 22 parks located in Menifee city limits. As a practical matter, the Court’s decision means the City cannot complete the annexation at this time.
This is a significant setback for the City. The Menifee City Council is still concerned about their residents being overcharged for services below City standards. The City will continue to work to obtain control over the 22 parks that Valley-Wide Recreation & Park District currently controls within Menifee’s boundaries. Keeping up that pursuit is the right thing to do. It will provide better parks, better services, and lower taxes for the residents of Menifee.