The board of forestry and fire protection this week will once again consider instituting a $150 per habitable structure fee for property owners in Cal Fires responsibility area. Danielle Berlant with Cal-Fire says the department delayed implementing the fee until further study could be done as to the definition of a habitable structure.
“The revised regulations are going to be looked at by the board at their meeting next Wednesday here in Sacramento and they’re likely to adopt it as it was $150.”
Berlant says the department is expected to approve the fee at their meeting this Wednesday and the assessment will likely appear as a separate bill for residents living in the Cal Fire Responsibility area.
“It’s most likely going to be a separate invoice that you get, much like your vehicle license fee you get from the DMV. It comes once a year in the mail. Most likely that’s what this will be. But the Board of Equalization is actually the department charged with the collection of it.”
Cal Fire was permitted to assess the fee to compensate for a $50 million dollar budget shortfall after the governor took $50 million from the Cal-Fire budget to shore up the state’s budget.