The California Redevelopment Association Monday submitted its opening brief for its appeal of a trial court decision upholding the state’s shift of more than $2 billion from local redevelopment agencies to help balance the budget.

The fund shift was adopted with one of the bills used to enact California’s fiscal 2010 budget. Redevelopment agencies say the fund transfer violates state constitutional language requiring redevelopment tax-increment funds to be used for improvements within the redevelopment project areas where the tax increment is generated.

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