HJTA Fire Tax Website Online - Seek Reimbursement for this Illegal tax
The State of California has begun mailing bills to rural property owners for fire prevention.
If you own habitable property in CalFire's jurisdiction (known as the State Responsibility Area), you are affected. You will eventually receive two bills this year-one for the State's 2011-2012 fiscal year, and one for its 2012-2013 fiscal year.
Each bill will be $150 per habitable structure on your property. Individuals must pay this tax within 30 days or face fines and penalty's as high as 20 percent.
This new annual fee was imposed by the Legislature (all Democrats in favor, all Republicans opposed) at the request of Governor Brown. It is being collected by the Board of Equalization and administered by the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
If you would like to seek reimbursement for this illegal tax, the Howard Jarvis Taxes Association has set up a website with information and instructions. You can go to www.hjta.org and click on the fire tax banner or www.firetaxprotest.org for more information. I encourage constituents affected by this fire tax to sign up for the email updates on the website for up to date information on how you can get your $150 returned.