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Update: Hearing on motion to certify class cancelled

Published on August 6, 2015 by in Uncategorized

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

 
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News: California fire fee lawsuit could become class action

Published on May 15, 2015 by in Uncategorized

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

 
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Update: May 13th Fire Tax Telephone Townhall

Published on May 9, 2015 by in Uncategorized

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.

 
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Action alert: Support fire tax repeal legislation

Published on April 7, 2015 by in Uncategorized

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

 
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News: Fourth Round of California Fire Prevention Fee Bills Begins Mailing

Published on March 4, 2015 by in Uncategorized

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

 
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News: High-speed rail threatens key fire station

Published on October 15, 2014 by in Uncategorized

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

 
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Opinion: Fire fee lawsuit update

Published on May 29, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Board of Equalization member George Runner writes in the Sierra Star that money collected through the fire tax is actually prohibited from being used for fire suppression activities such as buying hoses, trucks and planes.  While the revenues are not used for fighting fires, State lawyers continue to fight taxpayer challenges as to the Constitutionality

 
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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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