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BOE Member George Runner

First Fire Tax Bills Mail August 13

It’s not fair; it’s not constitutional, but thanks to Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature, fire tax bills are coming all the same.

The State of California will begin mailing the first of more than 825,000 “Fire Prevention Fee” bills on Monday, August 13.

The tax, approved as a fee by a simple majority vote of the Legislature last year, charges residential property owners in rural areas $150 for each habitable structure located on their land. Property owners who pay for local fire protection will receive a $35 reduction.

To help inform California taxpayers, I’ve established a website,, providing information about the new fire tax. Californians can visit this site to find out if they might soon receive a fire tax bill. You can also find details regarding the process, timeline and grounds for filing an appeal.

The bills will go out in alphabetical order by county between August and early December. The state has released the following partial mailing schedule:

ALAMEDA                   August 13th through 14th

ALPINE                       August 14th

AMADOR                    August 14th through 17th

BUTTE                        August 17th through 24th

CALAVERAS              August 24th through 29th

COLUSA                     August 29th

CONTRA COSTA       August 29th

DEL NORTE               August 29th through 30th

EL DORADO               August 30th through September 7th

FRESNO                     September 7th through 10th

GLENN                        September 10th

HUMBOLDT                September 10th through 12th

IMPERIAL                   September 12th

INYO                           September 12th


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