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State provides Fire Prevention Fee information resources

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From page A3 | July 29, 2013 | 3 Comments

SACRAMENTO  — As the state’s Fire Prevention Fee continues to be implemented, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) is providing property owners multiple resources to answer their questions about the fee. This outreach effort is being implemented as a result of Assembly Bill X1 29, which was signed into law July 7, 2011, establishing a fee for fire prevention services in the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area.

The revenue generated from the fee pays for vital fire prevention services within the SRA. Fire prevention services funded by the fee include strategic fuel reduction activities, defensible space inspections, fire prevention engineering, emergency evacuation planning, fire prevention education, fire hazard severity mapping, implementation of the state’s and local fire plans (cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/fire_er/fpp_planning_cafireplan), and fire related law enforcement activities such as fire cause determination and arson investigation.

Cal Fire has established a Website, FirePreventionFee.org, which contains comprehensive information about the fee and helpful links to maps, the law language and answers to frequently asked questions. Additionally, a customer service call center is staffed Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except holidays) to further aid homeowners that have questions about the Fire Prevention Fee. The call center number is 1-888-310-6447.

Under the law, the Board of Equalization is responsible for collecting the fee. The bills scheduled for mailing this summer are for Fiscal Year 2012/13, which includes July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.  The fee applies to the homeowner of record as of July 1, 2012, for all habitable structures within the SRA. The BOE began mailing the bills alphabetically by county on July 19.

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  • FranJuly 28, 2013 - 10:07 am

    I was told recently that Pony Express needed to be cleaned up...fire prevention. Is anyone going to thin the forest? Because we were lucky the last fire. I believe visitors would rather feel "safe"--than surf yet another El Dorarado web site-- The county owns the trees on Pony Express--some need to come out--many need to be cleaned up. Just saying.

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  • cookie65July 29, 2013 - 8:37 am

    This money gets tossed down the rat hole of public sector pensions and healthcare. Just like the prop 30 money and all the other fees and taxes.

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  • DB SmithJuly 29, 2013 - 8:47 am

    The state can do any damn thing it wants to do. If the state can impose taxes under the guise of being just a little ole fee with no input from the public and the scumbag SCOTUS can overturn a majority vote then they can continue with anything that fits their agenda. SCOTUS and BROWN can shove it up their anus.

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