The fight over firefighting fees is again heating up in the Legislature.
Gov. Jerry Brown wants to revamp and expand a fire fee enacted this summer on rural homeowners, proposing to raise the levy on homes, as well as to tack on a new per-acre fee for land in fire-prone backcountry areas.
The original fire fee, enacted in this summer’s state budget, was to be $150 per structure, of which there are more than 700,000, in fire zones that state firefighters protect.
But a state board capped the fee at only $90 and added rebates for owners in certain areas, wiping away much of the $50 million in budget savings the administration had counted on.
Now, last-minute legislation supported by Brown and unveiled Friday would “supersede that,” said Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer. L.A. TIMES