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Update: CalFire will begin mailing this year’s bills this month

Published on March 5, 2014 by in Uncategorized

March will mark the beginning of another round of fire tax bills from CalFire for people in the so-called State Responsibility Area.  Taxpayers will soon begin receiving fire tax bills, and property owners in counties beginning with the letter “A” will receive bills first.  Fire tax bills will continue to come once a year until

 
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News: Knight, Wagner Bills Would Refund Fire Fee If It’s Invalidated

Published on March 4, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Donald Wagner and Senator Steve Knight would require the state to fully refund fire tax payments if the tax is declared illegal.  The legislation is sponsored by Board of Equalization Member George Runner and is premised on the notion that taxpayers should not be expected to pay an illegal tax simply

 
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Opinion: Responsible budget would eliminate inefficient fire fee

Published on February 9, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Board of Equalization Member George Runner urges Governor Brown to restore funding to CalFire and eliminate the fire tax.  In addition to being of questionable legality, Runner says the fire tax is also inefficient.  The fire tax brings in only $75 million in revenue, but requires substantial BOE administrative resources that could be better invested

 
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News: Cal Fire fee mailed to Santa Cruz County residents

Published on October 22, 2013 by in Uncategorized

People in Santa Cruz County are now receiving fire tax bills, and many residents have filed Petitions for Redetermination because they feel the “fee” is really an unconstitutional tax passed without the two thirds vote required by Prop. 13.  Many property owners also say they were overcharged, receiving bills for $150 when they should have

 
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Opinion: Runner seeks relief for fire victims despite Cal Fire response

Published on October 15, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Board of Equalization member George Runner is urging that rural residents who have lost their homes to fires should not be required to pay the fire tax because their structures no longer exist.  Runner points out CalFire has the authority to grant waivers to these residents although they have so far declined to do so.

 
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News: Marin taxpayers in unincorporated areas face state fire bills

Published on August 14, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Over 15,000 homeowners in unincorporated Marin County will be hit with fire tax bills again this year even though they already pay for fire protection services.  Local fire officials are expressing concern that many citizens cannot afford the fire tax and note that the zig-zag nature of the billing map has created frustration and confusion. 

 
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News: Fire fee leaves rural foothill residents angry, confused

Published on August 4, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Residents of the Sierra Foothills will soon receive their second round of fire tax bills, especially impacting those on fixed incomes who struggle to afford $150.  Many foothill residents express concern the fee is actually tax which does not benefit their local fire departments and was not passed with the 2/3 vote required by Prop. 13.  El Dorado County has

 
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Important update: BOE announces next round of bills

Published on August 2, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Be sure to pay your bill promptly when you receive it in the mail.  Although the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has brought a class action against the State challenging the fire prevention fee, it is important that you pay your bill on time.  Failure to pay the fee can result in heavy penalties and a

 
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Important update: Judge issues ruling after fire tax hearing

Published on July 26, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Last week, HJTA’s legal team had the opportunity to appear in court for an important hearing on our fire tax lawsuit. The State had wanted to stop our lawsuit from being allowed to move forward. We sent two members of our legal team to argue on taxpayers’ behalf. They were joined by a small group

 
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News: Lawsuit calls California rural ‘fire tax’ illegal

Published on July 19, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Citizens showed up to court in red “Burned by the Fire Tax” tee shirts to support the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s lawsuit, which says the so-called fire “fee” is really a tax passed without the two thirds vote required by Prop. 13.  Taxpayers who are now expected to pay the fire tax say their opinions

 
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