They've sent in a bill -- and it's a big one. Yolo County is demanding the state repay $1.4 million for property taxes on land that was converted into wildlife refuges.

The payments are required under law but some are 10 years past due. They stopped during the recession and budget shortfall.

"This is general fund money and that's actually one of the reasons it's so important. So much of the money that we get from the state and federal government has strings attached to it -- this doesn't," Yolo County Supervisor Max Rexroad said. 

The state owes Yuba County more than $700,000, Solano County about $600,000 and Sutter County $250,000.