SPECIAL MEETING ON FIRE PARCEL FEE IN SAN DIEGO WEDNESDAY

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May 15, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--The California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal-Fire) plans to hold a special meeting this Wednesday to receive public input on draft regulations as part of ABX1 29, better known as the $150 annual parcel tax or "triple" fire tax for properties within the state’s area of responsibility. 

 

The meeting will be held this Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors chamber at the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway in San Diego. 

“This tax comes with zero guarantee of improving fire protection, does not guarantee that the money collected here, stays in San Diego County and is an attempt by the State to make up for their budget woes by singling out many residents who already pay for fire protection through property tax and benefit assessments,” Adam Wilson, land use/fire advisor to Supervisor Dianne Jacob, stated in an e-mail to revitalization committee members.

The fee, imposed by the state ostensibly to help stem the budget gap and provide funds for firefighting, has sparked anger among rural residents, many of whom already pay fees to rural fire districts as well as paying their state taxes. 

 

 


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