Jones Cites Disproportionate Impact on San Diego County
Today Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) joined with his Republican colleagues in support of Assembly Bill 1506, legislation that will repeal the unconstitutional fire tax.
“I strongly support this legislation; the fire tax is nothing more than political sleight of hand and clearly does not pass Constitutional or ethical muster,” said Assemblyman Brian Jones of the mislabeled “fee”, which was passed by the Legislature with a simple majority vote and signed by the Governor as part of the 2011-2012 Budget deal.
“It wrongly labels a ‘tax’ as a ‘fee’ and also double-taxes residents by combining new ‘fees’ with current local fire district assessments. This will have a disproportionate and devastating financial impact on the residents of my district in East San Diego County.”
Jones has long been a vocal opponent and testified before the Board of Equalization last year to register his concerns regarding the implementation of the “fee” which mandates the collection on roughly 1 million structures in California. He called attention to Proposition 26, passed by California voters in 2010 which expressly prohibits the Legislature from using loopholes to raise taxes by disguising them as fees and therefore circumventing the Constitutional requirements for passing higher taxes.
“Locals already have the authority to create assessment districts for fire prevention and protection. Now, yet another tax will be levied on those who are already voluntarily contributing to fire protection. What’s more, rather than maintaining funding for budget priorities such as fire protection and education, Democrats are using stunts like this so they can direct more money to health and welfare programs.”
“There has to come a time when the taxpayers of California say ‘enough is enough’ – and push back against the government that is taxing them too much. I encourage my constituents and all California taxpayers to contact the Democrat legislators that passed this illegal tax and insist they sign on in support of AB 1506.”