LOS ANGELES -- Millions of dollars in California local sales taxes -- and potential bond issues as well -- hang in the balance as public officials throughout the state anxiously await a crucial state supreme court ruling.

Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court heard arguments on the validity of a half-cent sales tax to fund jails and courts in San Diego Couty. The county has collected more than $320 million that it cannot spend until the court makes a decision in Richard J. Rider v. County of San Diego, according to Bruce MacLeish, deputy county counsel of San Diego County.

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