Fifth Round of Fire Fee Bills Begins Mailing

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG)  |  Source: Micah Grant, Office of BOE Member George Runner
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Fire Prevention Fee bills for fiscal year 2015-16 began mailing today to more than 700,000 rural Californians, many of whom are receiving a bill for the fifth time.

"Californians who live in rural areas already pay taxes to fund essential fire services," said Runner. "It's a shame this unfair and illegal tax continues to extract dollars from hardworking people. The Legislature and Governor should repeal it."

Approximately 10,000 bills will be sent each day in alphabetical order by county. The mailing schedule is alphabetical by county, starting today with Alameda County and concluding with Yuba County on June 13.

To protect their eligibility for a refund should the class action suit against the fee succeed property owners should protest by filing a Petition for Redetermination within 30 days of the billing date.

Information on how to appeal is available at http://www.calfirefee.com/appeal.

George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as an elected member of the State Board of Equalization. For more information, visit www.boe.ca.gov/Runner.