Rural residents can hold off on paying fire fee bill

Resident complaints delay billing

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

Residents of rural areas in the state are catching a break and will not have to pay the rural fire fighting fee for the time being.

The collection of the fee has been delayed this year because of thousands of complaints from homeowners challenging the fee, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The annual fee of $150 was approved by the legislature in 2011 to offset the costs of providing fire protection to people who live far from services. But many residents have said their property taxes already cover those services.

This affects more than 825,000 people.

 

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