.

Brown's Fire Fees Hit Rural Residents

Property owners in unincorporated areas of Temecula, De Luz, Wine Country and Winchester can expect to pay a fire-protection fee this spring that could get as high as $150 per structure for any habitable building worth more than $5,000.

 

Living in a high-fire hazard area comes with risks -- and higher costs starting this year.

Property owners in unincorporated areas of Temecula, De Luz, Wine Country and Winchester can expect to pay a fire-protection fee this spring that could get as high as $150 per structure for any habitable building worth more than $5,000.

Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that approves the maximum $150 per-structure fee that is slated to be adjusted annually.

The attached map shows in yellow what are known as “State Responsibility Areas," the areas impacted by the new fee.

Click here and enter your zip code to find out if you are in a State Responsibility Area.

State Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries (R-Lake Elsinore) has introduced AB 1506, which seeks to overturn the surcharge. The bill is in committee and has little chance of affecting this year’s charges, according to Jeffries.

He was quoted by the Associate Press last week as saying his bill’s chances of passing are “uphill at best.”

Dog March 21, 2012 at 01:03 AM
You can bet by the time Sacramento gets done it'll all stay in their "general fund" and very little come back in grants ect., Jerry Brown knows he won't get the votes for another tax increase so expect a lot of these new "fees", besides it'll only effect a bunch of rural landowners, probably just a bunch of Republicans anyway...
Cik Bast March 21, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Who votes for these incompetents? Davis, Schwarzenegger, now Brown. Is there some secret California destruction club I don't know about?
stef March 22, 2012 at 04:04 AM
What a bunch of hooey. Stop taking care of illegals and start taking care of taxpaying CITIZENS!
stef March 22, 2012 at 04:06 AM
"Fee" you mean TAX!
Dog March 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Who votes for these incompetents? Welcome to the Socialist State of California, who with 12 percent of the nations population has 34 percent of the nations welfare cases...

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »