Cal Fire State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fees
A law signed by Gov. Brown last year imposes an annual fee assessed to rural residents living in "State Responsibility Areas." The charge per habitable dwelling is supposedly to cover fire prevention services. The California Farm Bureau Federation, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and other organizations believe that this fee places undue burden on rural residents.
Farm Bureau members are encouraged to visit the state website at www.firepreventionfee.com, where they can find information about the fee as well as a protest form, titled "Petition for Redetermination." Within 30 days of submitting the fee payment, those who object to the fee should fill out the petition and submit copies to each of the following:
- Special Taxes Remittance Processing, State Board of Equalization, P.O. Box 942879, Sacramento, CA 94279-6199
- Fire Prevention Fee Service Center, Attn: Petitions, P.O. Box 2254, Suisun City, CA 94585
- Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, P.O. Box 944246, Sacramento, CA 94244
Cite the reason for protest as "Other." The description can include the member's concern about the fee and illegal taxation.
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has filed a lawsuit to challenge the legality of the SRA fee. To learn more, visit firetaxprotest.org.
Below is a sample letter for reference when protesting the fee: