After the Legislature, by a mere majority vote, imposed a fire protection “fee” on 850,000 rural homeowners who live in state responsibility areas, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association filed suit against the state. At issue: the “fee” provided no additional or new services to property owners, and many property owners receive no service at all;
Recent investigations have revealed serious issues at Cal Fire including sexual misconduct and lying and cheating on promotional exams. Many of the employees involved in these incidents were not terminated and were instead promoted at later times, prompting critics to say the agency failed to deal appropriately with misconduct. Click here to read the article.
We now have the judge’s approval of the Class Notice’s contents and the ways it will be publicized. This is an important step in the class action because, once notice is given and the time has passed for people to opt out, everyone who has not opted out will be a plaintiff in our lawsuit
Local fire officials are expressing concern that the statewide fire tax has harmed efforts to raise taxes for local fire protection, due to a false voter perception that the statewide fee’s revenue goes to local fire districts. In actuality, much of the $300 million raised by the state fire tax is instead spent on administration,
Today, the Sacramento County Superior Court issued a tentative ruling in HJTA’s fire tax case. In it, the court granted certification of a class including all persons who are entitled to a refund of fire taxes that they paid; that is, property owners who paid the fire tax and timely filed Petitions for Redetermination. This
A recent telephone town hall on the fire tax was joined by Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Board of Equalization Members George Runner and Diane Harkey and Senator Mike Morrell, who introduced fire tax repeal legislation in the last legislative session. While the BOE collects the fire tax, Runner and Harkey expressed
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association President Jon Coupal will join Board of Equalization Members Diane Harkey and George Runner as well as Senator Mike Morrell for an important telephone townhall on the fire tax this May 13 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Click here for more information.
Senator Tom Berryhill and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow have introduced Senate Bill 520 to repeal the fire tax. The proposal will be considered Tuesday, April 14th in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water. You can make yourself heard in support of SB 520 by attending the hearing and calling members of the committee to
A fourth round of fire tax bills will soon land in people’s mailboxes around California, reports the Sierra Sun Times. Bills will be sent alphabetically with counties starting with “A” receiving bills first. Board of Equalization Member George Runner is continuing to support the fire tax lawsuit brought by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and
A major fire station in Hanford could face serious logistical issues if high speed rail plans move forward, reports the Hanford Sentinel. The facility, which includes a helipad for airlifting ambulance patients to medical treatment, could be cut off from easy road access by a large retaining wall planned in association with the rail project. This could