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.