I was at a get together this week and the conversation turned to a Cal Fire Prevention Fee that many homeowners are receiving in the mail. Needless to say as a realtor I was asked many questions and I thought I would take a moment to pass along the information. The following was taken directly from the Fire Prevention Fee site;
The State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fire Prevention Benefit Fee was enacted following the signing of Assembly Bill X1 29 in July 2011. The law approved the new annual Fire Prevention Fee to pay for fire prevention services within the SRA. The fee is applied to all habitable structures within the SRA.The fee is levied at the rate of $150 per habitable structure, which is defined as a building that can be occupied for residential use. Owners of habitable structures who are also within the boundaries of a local fire protection agency will receive a reduction of $35 per habitable structure. This fee will fund a variety of important fire prevention services within the SRA including brush clearance and activities to improve forest health so the forest can better withstand wildfire.
If this does not apply to you then of course you can ignore it, but if you own property in El Dorado County, or in any area that is not part of a city then it is important to be aware. I am including a link to the website where you can determine if your home is within the SRA area or not. In addition there are quick links to related information.
I hope this helps – Cheers!