Fawnskin Fire Fee Illegal?

Fire Tax Protest

Locals are fired up over the recent Fire Fee Tax that will cost $150.00 per property and GG thinks there are some additional things you need to know.

First, to avoid penalties etc., the Fire Fee bill must be paid within thirty days of the billing date–the date it was sent.

A petition must also be filed within the thirty days. Read more about the Cal Fire appeal process for the Fire Fee.

The Third District County Supervisor’s office has mailed out an informational sheet to residents about this illegal tax. In the meantime, you can read more on the illegal tax here as well.

If you have not done so already, please read up on the class action lawsuit filed by the Howard Jarvis Tax Payers Association.

Be sure to follow their updates online at Fire Tax Protest and on their Facebook page.

If you have not completed a petition against the Fire Fee/Tax you can get the forms and instructions here.

For your convenience, here are directions from Fire Tax Protest:

Challenging the Fee and Claiming a Refund
You must pay your bill. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE DUE DATE. You may have fewer than 30 days to pay. If you are late, steep penalties and interest are compounded monthly. Moreover, the fee is a lien on your property, and failure to pay can result in foreclosure.

We at the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association believe this fee is really an illegal tax under Proposition 13. We plan to challenge the constitutionality of this tax in court.

Should we prevail, the court may order refunds. To qualify for a refund you must have paid your bill and filed a “Petition for Redetermination” with the responsible agencies.

For convenience, we have posted the form below with the grounds for challenging the fee already filled in. Page 2 contains instructions for completing the form.

When you pay your fee, we recommend that you write “under protest” on the notation line of your check. Also, make a copy of the check so that you can enclose it with your Petition for Redetermination form, as proof of payment.

Although only one address appears at the bottom of the form, state law actually requires that you submit the form to three different addresses. You must submit it WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE DATE OF YOUR BILL to the three addresses below:

  • Fire Prevention Petitions, P.O. Box 2254, Suisun City, CA 94585
  • Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, P.O. Box 944246, Sacramento, CA 94244
  • Board of Equalization, P.O. Box 942879, Sacramento, CA 94279

Other Fire Fee Resources of Interest

If you have any other resources to share, please leave them in the comments.

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One Response to “Fawnskin Fire Fee Illegal?

  • 1
    November 14th, 2012 13:43

    HI GG,

    Wanted to pass on some info re: payment of Calfire fee……

    Was looking for my bill, did not receive it so I called st. board of Equilization, they had the correct parcel # but the wrong name on my bill.. They would not let me pay my bill, nor speak to me, even though they had my correct address and correct apn # . I have 1 week to make this payment, which I am doing , however, there might be others that did not receive the bill thinking they did not get billed and possible the bills were sent to the old owners. I have owned my home for 2 years and received property tax bills. That was not good enough for them. Seems like there might be some costly mistakes out there, if you could pass this along. The deadline is Nov. 22,2012