The Feb. 19 article regarding the Rural Fire Fee (tax) mentioned how Sacramento is worried about the money being improperly spent, but it didn’t bring up the most important points:
1. The fee is double taxation for some properties.
2. The state does not have jurisdiction over some areas.
3. The fees were based on outdated information.
I own a residence in Los Osos and received a bill for this “fee.” I paid the bill and sent a protest letter to the state because it based its jurisdiction on data collected in the early 1990s, which is now outdated.
In 1999, we formed a Community Services District that has primary responsibility for fire protection. This is funded through a special assessment on our property tax bills.
Our property is within a residential section and is protected by Cal Fire under the fees we already pay, but the state has determined I have to pay the additional fee (tax) anyway.
There are more than 800,000 properties affected in California.
This fee is an illegal tax under Proposition 13, and requires a Proposition 218 vote to be legal.
I urge your support of Sen. Ted Gaines’ efforts (SB 17) to repeal this tax: http://firetaxprotest.org.