Governor Signs Bill Imposing $150 Rural Fire Fighting Fee

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a $150 annual wildfire protection fee for property owners in rural areas of California.

 

The Democratic governor announced Friday that he signed the bill to ensure rural property owners pay their share of the state’s wildland firefighting costs. The state has spent an average of $177 million a year for firefighting over the past decade.

 

The fee is expected to generate $50 million during this fiscal year and $200 million annually in the future.

 

It was one of two fees the Legislature’s Democratic majority approved as part of the state budget. The other is a $12 hike to the vehicle registration fee.

 

Anti-tax advocates say they plan to challenge the Legislature’s ability to impose fees without the two-thirds vote required for tax increases.

 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Richard S. Hughey says:

    Read my lips, No New Taxes without Union,opps Voter approval. Oh thats right, this is a FEE and not a Tax.

  2. Jim W Hildreth says:

    How about a room and board fee for all those in our prison system?

  3. Leonard Schweitzer says:

    Cut the Legaslaters Pay And Benifits 25 % And there Staff 25 % and you would not need this Tax Or Fee Or What The Hell you call it .

    1. jackson says:

      I 2nd that

    2. Marty says:

      What we need to due is eliminate career politicians. They’re ruining this country. I mean both Dems and Reps. Limit them to ten years maximum.

      1. Fred says:

        A better solution is a part time legislature – one six month session every two years. Also get rid of California’s bicameral structure. – One organization is plenty

  4. Beatriz says:

    About time they pay some of what we all who live in urban areas pay….we pay and they benefit because they live in rural areas! Geeeesssshhhhh! Geve me a break!

    1. Jeff Wilson says:

      Your an idiot!!!! If you read the article this is for wildfires!!!! We all already pay for this!!!

    2. Sick Of It says:

      Hey Aunt Bea – get stuffed

    3. Dave says:

      Well then why not pass a suburban road fee since people who live in town use the state maintained roads more than those outside the city ??

  5. Nay Nay says:

    I’m with Jim. Prisoners get free health care too ! Usually people live in Rural areas because they are cheaper. We already pay in gas ! So far Brown is not doing for me anything ? Jobs Jerry, we need jobs !! Focus….. Jobs !!!

  6. ty says:

    Wow…. Jerry, Jerry, Jerry… what a fool you have made of Californians… You promised no more new taxes witout votes… but of course you decide to call them fees so you dont need a vote…. well i can say you are already a huge disappointment….. well now i can honestly say im pulling for the GOP at the Capitol

    1. Marty says:

      Actually, I’m tired of the two part establishment. I’m voting Libertarian next year. They’re fiscally responsible, but socially progessive. Democrats just tax and spend and the Republicans support the rich and are becoming more extremist. We need more middle ground. I’m beginning to regret voting for Brown. He was mediocre in the 70s and mediocre now.

      1. Fred says:

        Why are you surprised or disappointed? You got exactly what you voted for. This guy is a snake – always has been, always will be

      2. Viv says:

        Voting a third party is how Clinton got his second term as it split the votes. I vote conservative republican.

  7. no fees without voter approval says:

    These people in the rural areas pay taxes already they deserve fire protection, if Jerry Brown can raise taxes without voter 2/3 approval by calling taxes fees then Mr. Brown needs to be recalled, if he can get away with this he will raise taxes on everything under the sun by calling them fees.

  8. MARK says:

    LET OUR MILITARY STAFF OUR PRISIONS-TRAINED ALREADY AND NO BIG TIME SALARIES. MAYBE MORE WILL SERVE THEIR COUNTRY AS WELL.

  9. Mace says:

    U dummies VOTED for this guy…enjoy it! Quit being stupid.

    1. Viv says:

      I WAS NOT DUMMY, I DIDN’T VOTE FOR BROWN.

  10. Fred says:

    This is pretty simple. Look at The elections result maps. Rural counties vote republican. The coast and urban areas vote democrat. This is the dems way of punishing the supporters of republican legislaters. It is insideous, and it is vile, and, it typifies the Brown/Steinberg/Perez approach to governance.

    1. Viv says:

      THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PROGRESSIVES/LIBERALS GET IN CHARGE. THOSE OF US WHO PAY TAXES/FEES ONLY HAVE SO MUCH MONEY, SOME OF US ARE ON FIXED INCOMES. IF THEY’D DEPORT ALL THE ILLEGALS THAT WOULD SOLVE PART OF THE PROBLEM. AND YES IT CAN BE DONE. IN THE EARLY 1900’S 3 PRESIDENT DEPORTED ALL THE ILLEGALS, YES IT TOOK SOME TIME BUT THEY DID IT. THE ONLY REASON NOT DONE NOW IS FOR THE ILLEGAL’S VOTE AFTER THEY GET AMNESTY AS THEY’LL VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRATES.

  11. darcyzzz says:

    What I noticed was there was a fee of $150 per structure annually. Most of the people who live in these areas have a barn or out building also. That now makes the fee $300. Will cities be billing people with sheds extra for protection.

  12. jmounday says:

    Dishonest fee! Most fires are caused by visitors to rural areas,and by environmental laws that prevent homeowners from removing fire hazards,even dead trees. But it would seem with ocean’s soom to rise 2 feet and earthquakes soon to ravage the bay area is it not time to fee the rich on the coast with a 500 dollar a month insurance protection. So we the working class may be spared paying for mansions on the beach? just to be fair

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