Tax group sues to block California fire prevention fee
Fee expected to raise $84.4M for fire department
Last Updated: 226 days ago
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association filed the lawsuit Thursday in Sacramento County Superior Court. It is joined by 11 plaintiffs from nine counties.
The lawsuit claims that the $150 annual fee being assessed on 825,000 rural properties is actually an illegal tax that required a two-thirds vote of the Legislature rather than the simple majority vote it received.
It asks for a declaration about whether the fee is valid and refunds for those who paid the fee and filed a claim with the state.
The fee is expected to raise $84.4 million for the state fire department.
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