Bills for fire fees should soon arrive at SLO County homes

dsneed@thetribunenews.comOctober 7, 2013 

Rural homeowners in much of unincorporated San Luis Obispo County should expect to soon get a bill from the state for $115 to fund fire prevention activities.

Bills for the state fire prevention fee assessment for homes in the county were scheduled to be mailed out Friday through Tuesday. Nearly 30,000 individual structures are subject to the fee.

“The fee brings stable funding to the department for our fire prevention activities such as vegetation management and fire inspections,” Cal Fire Chief Rob Lewin said.

The fee is assessed on structures located outside city limits in areas with high wildfire danger, which is most of the county. This is the second year the fee has been collected, Lewin said.

The state began sending the fee notices out July 19 on a county-by-county basis in alphabetical order. The legality of the law has been challenged by a class-action lawsuit.

The state has established a website, www.firepreventionfee.org, which contains information about the fee and links to maps, the law language and answers to frequently asked questions.

Additionally, a customer service call center is available during normal business hours to further aid homeowners who have questions about the fee. Contact the call center at 888-310-6447.

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