November 15, 2011
The State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection approved an annual fire fee of up to $150 on rural homeowners, implementing a plan agreed to in June to help balance the state budget. The Administration hoped to raise $50 million from the fee. The fee will be changed on both homes and office buildings in rural areas where the state is responsible for wildfire prevention and protection. The CLTA advised members that the enforcement mechanism for the fee includes collected of delinquent amounts pursuant to state tax lien law.
See recent Sacramento Bee article about how Jerry Brown's new appointees were able to approve the higher fee.