Rural California homeowners are now facing the third round of illegal Fire Prevention taxes since the July 7, 2011, passage of Assembly Bill X1 29. A lawsuit, filed Oct. 4, 2012 by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, joined by El Dorado County, challenges the validity of this “fee.”
The state has taken steps to impede the progress of this lawsuit at every opportunity. If the state is so confident that this “fee” is perfectly legitimate, though not passed by the required two-thirds vote of the state Assembly, then the state should let this lawsuit proceed without delay and on a fast track so that financially stressed rural Californians need no longer face the risk of cardiac arrest brought on by the rage of receiving an undue and unjust fire tax bill every year … a tax that the state can increase without limit.
ROY S. JAMRON