ANTLER ALERT: New Fire Tax – Suggestions from Sup. Jacob
November 14, 2012
There has been much talk and discussion in our backcountry about the new state fire tax. Supervisor Jacob has just sent these comments and suggestions regarding the tax:
“County Supervisor Dianne Jacob advises residents in her district to pay a new state fire tax now being levied on tens of thousands of local homeowners, but to do it under protest.“In recent weeks, many rural and semi-rural residents of District 2 – a sprawling region that includes the bulk of the San Diego County backcountry – have started to receive bills asking them to pay the state up to $150 annually for each habitable structure on their land. Approximately 400,000 people in the region will be impacted by this tax.“Jacob has long opposed the tax, saying it stems from the state’s failure to adequately fund Cal Fire. “It’s blatantly unjust and borders on cruel that the state would hit homeowners up for more money when they already pay property taxes to help fund public safety programs and, in many cases, special local fees for fire protection,” she said.
“She noted the county also spends $15.5 million annually to augment rural fire protection. More than $10 million of that money goes directly to Cal Fire.
“The supervisor recommends that those receiving the tax bill:
“All three steps must be completed should any lawsuits prevail in overturning the fee and should the court order the state to issue refunds.”
POSTED BY: -Kim