Cal Fire has informed state Sen. Jim Nielsen that the agency will resume the collection of the fire tax on Monday, July 15 after a four month delay. Citing “errors and inconsistencies” following an investigation in March, Cal Fire temporarily delayed this year’s fire tax bills. Over 1,300 parcels were incorrectly identified in SRA boundaries according to news reports. Nielsen, a vocal critic of the fees who authored legislation to repeal them, used the opportunity to blast what he calls an unfair tax.
“Property owners were promised that the tax would be used to prevent wildfires,” he said. “Instead, it is being used to grow the state’s bureaucracy and take legal action against landowners.”