New legislation introduced by California Republican lawmakers would repeal a fire-protection fee on rural property owners.
The change would affect nearly 850,000 landowners, according to an Associated Press report via the CBS Sacramento affiliate (http://cbsloc.al/yJITD1). The fee, which would cost up to $150 dollars, would be imposed for the first time this spring.
A recent Wall Street Journal article detailed how a number of municipalities around the nation are using fire-protection equipment to fund cash-strapped volunteer fire departments, especially in rural areas where taxes and other fees do not cover fire suppression activities.
California residents living in the wildland-urban interface face an extreme threat from wildfires. According to a report on large-loss fires by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), California wildfires accounted for 40 percent of major fire loss in the United States in 2008 (CLICK HERE for more).