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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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