New CA Fire prevention “FEE”

by Gary and Lisa Schoeffler on August 3, 2012

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A week before California begins mailing notices to 825,488 rural property owners that they face paying a new fire-prevention fee, state officials are bracing for a flood of angry responses and some are predicting the charge will end up being challenged in court.

The state Board of Equalization plans to begin sending out notices next week, and mail the first bills Aug. 13. Board Vice Chair Michelle Steel said this week that she objects to the fee and “will not be surprised to see this unconstitutional fire tax in the courts soon after bills are sent.”

Although the first notices have not yet gone out, county officials are also anticipating an uproar and have taken pains to point out that they had nothing to do with identifying the habitable structures to be hit with the $150 annual fee.

Lisa Schoeffler, CRS, ASP
Prudential California Realty
A member of HomeServices of America, Inc.
a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate

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