The California State Association of Counties has slammed part of a Democratic budget plan in which the state would use $250 million of “pass-through” payments out of property tax increment that had been allotted to counties from the now closed redevelopment agencies.

Paul McIntosh, executive director of the association, said in a letter to legislative leaders Wednesday that the last-minute budget maneuver will have a “perverse” effect of shrinking funds available for core government services.

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