Cal fire says the fee is a reliable source of funding for the state’s wild fire prevention program, which suffered budget cuts in previous years. The agency says it’s all about stopping fires before they start.
But the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has sued to repeal the fee because it says the legislature didn’t get the two-thirds vote required to pass a new tax.
“Political power in California resides more along the coast,” says Association President John Coupal. “This was really an unfair tax against those who choose to live in rural areas.”
A ruling on the law suit is expected next year.