LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County met some skeptical questioning last week from California appellate justices over its efforts to challenge the state's recent shift of local property tax revenues.

The county seeks to overturn a recent lower court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the state's decision to reallocate $2.6 billion of local property taxes in the current fiscal year. The action shifted funds from counties, cities, and other local governments to school purposes, thereby helping the state balance its own budget.

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