Cal Fire "Fire Prevention" Fee
Bills for the new SRA "fee" were sent to Fort
Bidwell residents beginning October 2012. The fee is $ 115.00
per residence ($150.00 - 35.00 because within the FBFPD). Bills are
sent out yearly.
In July 2011, Governor Brown signed ABx1-29 which
creates a "fee" of up to $ 150.00 per dwelling structure for fire
prevention in State Responsibility Areas. It includes
unoccupied structures and there will be multiple fees for multiple
structures on the same parcel.
While we appreciate the support we get from Cal Fire
(implemented by Surprise Valley BLM under contract), it creates
problems for us:
The tax goes for "fire prevention" not fire fighting.
CalFire (BLM) does not fight house fires in Fort Bidwell! So
far, in 2016, no State programs are allocating that money for
- The tax is
more than residents pay to our District, effectively doubling
their tax without benefit. Many are retired on fixed income. If
this impacts their willingness to support the Fire Department,
we will be in trouble.
- The tax is an enormous inequity between SRA houses and
non-SRA houses. In Fort Bidwell houses West and North of CR 1
are taxed but not houses East and South.
- There has been almost no change in housing units for
decades, so there has been no increase in Cal Fire costs due to
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