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Tax on conservatives

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From page A5 | September 13, 2013 | 8 Comments

The Democrats under the dome in Sacramento finally figured out how to tax conservatives by passing the “Fire Prevention Fee assessment.” They can deny they taxed us because they call it an “assessment,” not a tax.

All of the areas covered by the “Fire Prevention Fee assessment” are in counties dominated by Republicans or conservatives (mostly foothill counties) so the tax has no impact on Democratic or liberal counties (urban areas such as San Francisco or Los Angeles).

Oh, but wait, San Francisco gets most of its water and power from a reservoir (Hetch Hetchy Reservoir) high in the Sierra Nevada which is in the “Fire Prevention Fee assessment” area. Because they are a government agency, the 2.6 million residents in San Francisco and 28 suburban areas do not have to pay the “assessment” because the agency is a tax exempt government agency. But they receive the benefit. Let the Republicans pay for the fire protection to safeguard “our” forest and water resources.

Oh, but wait, it gets better. Because the source of their water and power are impacted by the Rim Fire, San Francisco asked the governor to declare a state of emergency which he did, thus freeing up conservative tax dollars to help out San Francisco in a pinch.

And how much of “Fire Prevention Fee assessment” dollars collected increased the funding for Cal Fire? I have not heard of any additional firefighters or equipment being added to protect El Dorado County.

Sorry El Dorado County, you got taxed because you live in a conservative county.

BILL SNODGRASS
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Discussion | 8 comments

  • cookie65September 13, 2013 - 4:54 am

    You covered about half of the scam. The fires, such as the Rim fire, while costly to extinguish, didn't cause massive destruction to an inhabited area the way the Loma Prieta or the Northridge earthquakes did. Loma Prieta was a 15 second earthquake that caused upwards of $8bilion in damages. Also, earthquakes are not preventable and getting out of the way of one is not possible. The fire tax is not about fires, if it were, what sane person could justify a fire tax over an earthquake tax? The fire tax is all about another desperate attempt to keep the public pension illusion going. At the cost of those who are the political minority in this state.

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  • kggSeptember 13, 2013 - 9:05 am

    bill wrote: "And how much of “Fire Prevention Fee assessment” dollars collected increased the funding for Cal Fire? I have not heard of any additional firefighters or equipment being added to protect El Dorado County. Sorry El Dorado County, you got taxed because you live in a conservative county." kgg writes: according to http://www.firepreventionfee.org/ the $115.00/year fee works out to 32 cents/day if you live on the property. "This fee will fund a variety of important fire prevention services within the SRA including brush clearance around communities on public lands, along roadways and evacuation routes; and activities to improve forest health so the forest can better withstand wildfire." it "does not include lands within city boundaries or in federal ownership". that's why rural areas pay this extra fee, they are not covered by city or federal fire protection. it has nothing to do with conservatives/liberals. that's paranoia talking.

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  • cookie65September 13, 2013 - 9:29 am

    kgg read it on the internet so it has to be true...

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  • 1036-FrankSeptember 13, 2013 - 9:51 am

    The libs are just getting started in reshaping their attack to redistribute wealth, they are going after anyone who has ownership of something, a house, job, car, firearm, ammo, etc., If it is a house they will tax and fee it and subject the owner to paying for their base who don't own homes or have jobs and thus they don't pay the taxes to support anything in the way of provided services, and throw in new taxes for Bummer care on business owners and home sales to pay for those who will not pay for their own, their goal is to expand their govt. supported base, the purposeful shifting to welfare of millions and to increase by millions the SSI/SSDI rolls of govt. entitlements. There are now about 100 million dropped out of the work force. Further goals are to expand the govt. controlled section 8 housing projects in their newly HUD approved integrated communities which must meet their requirements of who should occupy the area and in what percentage regardless of income as the govt. will build their housing and if there are objections, federal money will be withheld. Lead ammo and purchase of ammo is also under attack by these same govt. control-freaks by taxing and fees to buy ammo and a proposed ban on lead ammo, which is 99% of all ammo. N. Cal should seriously move to form a new conservative state as this isn't going to get any better anytime soon.

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  • cookie65September 13, 2013 - 10:17 am

    The main ingredient in every leftist recipe is the redistribution of wealth. They disguise it with words like compassion, fairness, social justice, economic justice, social contract, and a few others but it is all the same exact thing. Private property being converted to community property for the greater good.

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  • MorrisSeptember 14, 2013 - 11:13 am

    Yup. You've read it here first folks: The first two comfirmed cases of Passive Aggressive Paranoid BiPolar and Armed Narcissism Disorder. (PAPBAAND Syndrome)

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  • DanielSeptember 14, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    If you go to this link, you can see wide swaths of liberal areas subject to the same tax: http://www.firepreventionfee.org/sraviewer.php Also, despite the widely held belief that EDC is "deep red" conservative, the last few elections indicate more of a light red, even purplish county. In '08, 45% of the county voted non-conservative in the presidential election. In '12, it was 41%. McClintock also lost 2 rural counties in '12, and 3 in '08 when he barely beat the dem Charlie Brown. If Snodgrass's argument is valid, then the dem politicians in Sac sure are lousy at victimizing conservatives with taxes since there was so much dem collateral damage. Sounds to me like more far right wing fake outrage and false accusations of reverse victimization. Those evil dems, they'll stop at nothing to get those conservatives, even if it means sticking it equally to their own dems. Cry me a river!

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  • Dink LaneSeptember 14, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    The reason "rural residents" (who happen to be considered conservative) were hit with this ILLEGAL tax is because they weren't PAYING ATTENTION..... Glenn Beck isn't going to tell you what Ted Gaines didn't.... I didn't hear a single word from Mr. Gaines (when he was in the Assembly).... He doesn't do Town meetings with EVERYBODY and God knows he hasn't answered a SINGLE question even when I was in his office........ Ted wasn't out there fighting for everyone.... State Senator Dave Cox would CALL me BACK--personally..... Talked about the Budget battles.... How these tricks were being pushed around so the average citizen didn't see it.....Now that was Representation.... Cox was a REAL conservative....

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