Orange County, Calif., is losing a financial expert just a month after the Board of Supervisors boldly told the state it plans to keep $73.5 million in local property taxes typically earmarked for schools to make up for what it saw as the state’s illegal taking of $49.5 million in vehicle license fees.

Auditor-controller David Sundstrom notified county supervisors Dec. 19 of his resignation effective Jan. 31, saying he has accepted a position in Sonoma County, Northern  California’s wine country, as its top official overseeing county finances.

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