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News: Fire fee leaves rural foothill residents angry, confused

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

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

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

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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News: Is it a tax or a fee?

Butte County officials joined with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to speak out against the fire tax at a forum held at a local fire station.  Senator Nielsen argued the tax was passed illegally without the required two thirds vote and challenged the argument that people in rural areas should pay more for living in

 
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News: East County residents complain about state fire fees

Assemblyman Brian Jones spoke out against the fire tax, saying the illegal tax was the top issue his constituents are complaining about.  100,000 people in San Diego County have been hit with the fire tax and some citizens said they were being charged the tax even on homes that no longer exist because they burned down.

 
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Press Release: Runner Says New Fire Fee Bills Will Be Delayed

George Runner announced that the Board of Equalization will delay this year’s fire fee bills in response to a request from Cal Fire.  The bills were scheduled to begin mailing April 2.  “The delay appears to be related to concerns about accuracy of the billing data,” said Runner. “I’m pleased to see that Cal Fire

 
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Important update: You must pay your 2013 fire tax bill

A new round of fire tax bills will soon be arriving in mailboxes around California.  While the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association believes the fire tax is illegal according to Proposition 13, you are still required to pay your bill pending resolution of the lawsuit.  More detailed instructions from the legal department are available in the FireTaxProtest.org newsletter update

 
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Editorial: State agencies still playing hide-and-seek

The Orange County Register criticizes Cal Fire’s secret money scandal as another example of government agencies hiding money so they can lobby the public for more taxes.  The paper urges the Governor to take the scandal seriously instead of dismissing it as “boring,” and furthermore calls for an end to the fire tax. Click here

 
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News: Jerry Brown downplays Cal Fire reports, dubs it ‘boring story’

When asked about over $3 million in taxpayer funds hidden in a secret account by Cal Fire, Governor Brown dismissed the news as “boring,” although he did say he would look into it.  Senate Republican leader Bob Huff criticized the Governor for his remarks, describing the Cal Fire scandal as “very disturbing.” Click here to read the

 
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