SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s annual fire-protection fee on rural property owners would rise from a maximum of $150 to a minimum of $175 under legislation proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown, who is seeking to fix a law he signed less than two months ago.

He also wants to ensure the revenue can be used by the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Associated Press reported last month that the law could end up draining money from the state’s firefighting budget unless wording was changed.

The state fire board voted last month to charge no more than $90, which would reduce the revenue the state had been expecting.

The bill released Friday by the Department of Finance, AB1x24, would require a fee of “at least” $175 on structures within the state’s responsibility area.

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

Comments (6)
  1. Jeff says:

    Moonbeam brown and his union cronies are at it again. Thanks for the and being duped by the unions people.

  2. John says:

    Maybe we should have a fee for anyone with the last name Brown. This is just a tax and need 2/3 vote. Remember if it’s Brown flush it down!

  3. JC says:

    Gotta pay for that $40 billion he wants to give illegal immigrants as college aid!

  4. Kay says:

    This is baloney. A tax on Conservative counties is what this really is. Does the word secession mean anything to you, Mr. Moonbeam?

  5. LiberalButConservative says:

    I propose that California charges every Californian an annual fee of min $175 if they are:
    1. Urban property owner and have a wood burning stove;
    2. Disabled person that has one foot because they will throw away the other shoe;
    3. Breathing and breeding;
    4. Owns a dog, cat….
    5. Owns a bike;
    6. Has a septic tank on the property;;
    7. Lives in the city that starts with “S”;
    8. Speaks only English;
    9. Sings in the shower;
    10. Has a job;
    11. Washes their own car;
    12. Farts;
    13. Complains about the fee;
    14. Is allergic to peanuts;
    15. …
    And so on. I’m sure they will find another fee to add next year from a similar list.

  6. Do fuss says:

    How about we pay those pampered firefighters less?

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