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Friday, January 27, 2012



The Governor signed AB 29 of the First Extraordinary Session (ABX1 29) into law on July 7, 2011. ABX1 29 imposes a $150 annual wildfire protection fee per habitable structure for property owners in the State Responsibility Areas (SRA). SRA lands cover about 31 million acres in 56 counties, and include an estimated 1.1 million to 1.5 million individual parcels, and approximately 800,000 habitable structures. Public Resources Code Section 4210 provides a legislative finding and declaration that the presence of structures within the SRA can pose an increased risk of fire ignition and an increased potential for fire damage within the state's wildlands and watersheds and that the costs of fire prevention activities should be borne by the owners of these structures.

The State Board of Equalization (BOE) is required to annually assess and collect the fee from property owners on behalf of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) in accordance with the Fee Collection Procedures Law. CDF is responsible for providing the BOE with a list of property owners who are liable for the fire prevention fee, and the amount to be assessed. However, the BOE is currently waiting to receive funding from the State of California in order to begin its collection duties, so the BOE has not yet finalized its method for the billing procedure of the Fire Prevention Fee.

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