Humboldt County’s Times-Standard newspaper reported positive reactions to the fire tax lawsuit from residents of California’s northern coast. The Humboldt County Taxpayers Association was joined in wholeheartedly supporting the lawsuit by the Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association and the area’s Democratic Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro. Local fire officials reported inconsistent and illogical application of the tax. Click here to
Class action could qualify 825,000 property owners for a fire tax refund. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association filed a class action lawsuit to provide relief to nearly one million California property owners who received bills from the State for a new “fire prevention fee” which the lawsuit claims is illegal. Click here to read the
Marin County fire chiefs announce their opposition to the fire tax. All unincorporated areas of Marin County are included in the SRA, but residents already pay local taxes for fire protection. Furthermore, the chiefs point out, the fire tax will carry unintended consequences of reducing local control and discouraging firefighters from helping battle fires in
KCRA reports residents of El Dorado County, east of Sacramento, are expressing dismay and frustration over their fire tax bills. Residents feel the tax is unfair because many households are already paying for fire protection. Others take issue with the arbitrary nature of the boundary lines of the State Responsibility Area, where the tax is
As notices go out informing citizens they will be hit with a new $150 fire tax, many people in rural areas are saying they disagree with the program as they already are heavily taxed. Assemblyman Dan Logue also is speaking out on behalf of rural Californians asking whether this could lead to still more taxes.
Senator Ted Gaines speaks out against the fire tax in this Auburn Journal column. Senator Gaines, who represents many citizens living in areas affected by the new tax, argues the tax is illegal and does nothing to improve fire protection. Senator Gaines urges citizens to visit FireTaxProtest.org to become a part of the Howard Jarvis
Cliff Chapman, Executive Director of the Humboldt Taxpayers League, urges fellow citizens to support the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s legal efforts against the unfair fire tax. Chapman points out the fire tax comes at an especially bad time for people in Humboldt County because three local fire districts are simultaneously seeking increased assessments, compounding the
More than 800,000 rural Californians are now receiving notices that they have to pay a new fire tax. While the tax has been discussed in the Legislature, many residents are taken by surprise. Some rural areas being socked with the fire tax already struggle from high unemployment leaving some wondering how they can pay. Click
Emmy-winning former television reporter Kevin Riggs says California is headed for a “combustible” summer with wildfires raging and many rural residents angry about the imposition of a new fire tax. Some residents question whether the tax was accurately assessed on their property while many others contend the tax should not be imposed at all. Click here
The Los Angeles Times reports local officials and tax authorities are getting ready for contentious responses to fire notices. Officials have even taken the unusual step of pre-emptively attempting to deflect blame, publicly stating that they were not involved in the identification of structures targeted by the fire tax. Click here to read the article.