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6A Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 Feather River Bulletin Aura Whittaker should show a $35 credit if Staff Writer you already pay a special tax or assessment to a local fire protection agency. A bill passed along party SRA boundaries are those lines by the Legislature and adopted by the Board of signed into law by Governor Forestry and Fire Protec- Jerry Brown in July 2011, tion in January 2011, and established a new annual updated to reflect automatic fire prevention fee for build- changes as of July 1, 2011. ing owners within CalFire They are the official jurisdiction, known as the boundaries recognized by State Responsibility Area the Board of Forestry and (SRA). Fire Protection to define the The State Board of Equal- areas of public and private ization (BOE) began mailing land designated by the Call- the bills by county in alpha- fornia Department of betical order in August and Forestry and Fire Protec- will continue through De- tion (CDF) as areas where cember or later. Residents the state (CalFire) claims in Plumas and Lassen coun- primary responsibility for ties can expect to receive the prevention and suppres- bills shortly after the tenta- sion of wildfires. Bound- tive mail date of Sept. 18. aries do not include land Nearly a million Califor- within city boundaries or nians are required to pay under federal jurisdiction. the annual tax of $150 per If your property is located habitable structure located in an SRA, the new law re- on privately owned proper- qui,res you to pay the bill ty. Residents will eventually within 30 days otherwise a receive two bills this year -- 20 percent penalty, plus in- one for the 2011-2012 fiscal terest, will be applied. Each year, and one for the 2012- 30 days thereafter, an addi- 2013 fiscal year. tonal 20 percent, plus inter- The fee for each habitable est penalty, accrues. building is $150; property Because the fee is basical- owners with two habitable ly a lien on the property, structures on their proper- failure to pay may eventual-" ty, will pay $300. Each bill ly lead to foreclosure. How to appeal Grounds for appeal can include, but limited to, any of the following: are not The structure is commercial and not resi- dential. The regulation developed by the forestry board defines dwelling unit as in- cluding provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation. =You were not the owner in July 2011. The property owner is defined as the individual, company, corporation or other entity that was the owner of record of the property as of July 1,2011. The structure is not in an SRA. To deter- mine if your property is located within a SRA, consult the interactive map found at firepre- The data and map provided show an estimated location by physical address. Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) at fire-, believes the fee is an illegal tax under Proposition 13. The organi- zation is challenging the constitutionality of the new tax in court and, should it prevail, the court may de- cide to order refunds. According to HJTA, to qualify for a refund the bill must be paid bill and a Peti- tion for Redetermination filed with the responsible The Presents: Music by the Mill l ond Wednesday, September 19, 6pm ~' Dusk Don't Miss the Last Show of the 2012 Season JJ We've Saved the Best for Last! MASTER ACOUSTIC GUITARIST AND SINGER/SONGWRITER Dan Hubbard Dana is playing FOR FREE at the beautiful Mill Pond in Graeagle. He has been showcased at world- class Music Festivals including: Salt Lake City Mountain Music Festival Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Ashland Blues Scciety Tuscan Folk Festival The bill is an unconstitutional tax. The Cal- ifornia Constitution requires new taxes be ap- proved by two-thirds of the membership of both houses of the Legislature -- it was not. Because many homeowners will not see a di- rect benefit from their payment of the bill, the charge is therefore a tax. Once CalFire has received your petition, it has 60 days to review it and issue a written decision. CalFire may request additional in- formation if, in its opinion, the petition did not give adequate information to permit full review. The petition can be updated (and new information provided) at any time until CDF issues its final decision. CDF review will be completed within 60 days and will be provided in writing. In the notice, CDF will explain whether (1) the fee is valid, (2) the fee should be modified, or (3) the fee should be eliminated. agencies. For public conve- HJTA recommends writ- nience, the HJTA posted the ing "under protest" on the form on its website with the notation line of your check grounds for challenging the when paying. fee already filled in. The sec- The association also sug- ond page of the form con- gests making a copy of the tains instructions for com- check to enclose with peti- pleting the form. tion as proof of payment. ire areas open Although only one address appears at the bot- tom of the form, HJTA said state law actually requires submitting the form to three different addresses within 30 days of the date of the bill to the following organizations: (1) Fire Prevention Peti- tions, P.O. Box 2254, Suisun City, CA 94585; (2) Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, P.O. Box 944246, Sacramento, CA 94244; and (3) Board of Equalization, P.O. Box 942879, Sacramen- to, CA 94279. If a refund is owed, prop- erty owners must file a claim with the Board of Equalization for repayment. Either the property owner or CalFire may file the re- fund claim. For more information about the new fire fee, visit For more information about how to protest the tax, visit pu lic Due to the end of the emer- equipment, and the adjacent are essentially complete," gency conditions requiring Almanor Legacy Camp- said Lassen National Forest the closure of the Chips and ground has limited availabili- Supervisor Jerry Bird. Mill fire areas, all lands on ty for the same reason. "There are still areas of the Lassen National Forest Almanor South Camp- heat in these fires, and post within these areas are once ground (north of Highway 89) fire restoration actions are again open to the public, with and McCarthy Point Lookout ongoing, resulting in signifi- a few exceptions, have been closed for the cant traffic on the roads and The Almanor Group Camp- season, trails within both areas. Ex- ground (southwest of High- "Fire suppression actionstra caution is recommended way 89) is unavailable due to on the Chips and Mill fires on when entering either of these use by fire personnel and the Almanor Ranger District fire areas," Birdadded. Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Plumas Rural Services Are offering the state certified Exciting For Peer op niV! & Crisis Line Volunteers Center & Snacks provided Enriching Trainin9 is FREE Childcare provided with Informalionl Certificate on cornpletionl advance notice... DATES: October Monday 15th - Thursday 18th October Monday 22nd - Thursday 25th October Monday 29th - Tuesday 30th Working Together to prevent violence in our ommunityl HOURS: 8:30am - 5:00pro, 30 minute lunchbreak LOCATION: Calvary Chapel 1953 E. Main St. Quincy REGISTER: Please call PCIR @ 283 - 5515 Plumas-Sierra . September 22nd 7PM to 8:30PM at: The Graeagle Fire Hall 2012 Our special guest speaker will be David Wolfe, Legislative Director of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. David Wolfe has worked for five years with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers' Association. In this capacity, he monitors the Legislature closely, writing position letters and testifying on hundreds of bills. Dozens of these would have severely undercut Propositions 13 and 218, the main priorities of the Association. His other responsibilities include putting together an annual Report Card for all 120 legislators, and contributing to the HJTA quarterly publication "Taxing Times." Having sat through hundreds of hours of budget hearings, he also can speak broadly on Sacramento's spending habits. Please come if you believe in: Establishing Fiscal Responsibility Constitutionally Limited Government Support for our Free Markets This is a non-partisan group, YOU are invited. For more information, contact: Dave and Sandy Hopkins: (530) 823-2310 Bill and Lynn Desjardin: (530) 832-0600 See our new web page at: t ENDURANCE RUN SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AND APPRECIATED! Please go to our website for details: www.lostsierraend ROAD and TRAIL CLOSURES and MONITORING The following rolling closures, traffic control and No Parking will take place: Highway 89: Saturday, September 29, 2012; Closure from Graeagle to the Gold Lake Highway intersection, from 6:50am, to 7:20am. Emergency access shall be available at all times. 22N42 Road: Saturday, September 29, 2012; complete closure from 7:00am to 11:00am. Emergency access shal[ be available at all times. 822 Road: Saturday, Septer~ber 29, 2012; traffic control with 5MP H speed limit from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Emergency access shall be available at all times. $721 Road: Saturday, September 29, 2012; traffic control with 5MPH speed limit from 8:00am to 12:00pro. Emergency access shall be available at all times. Gold Lake Highway/Round Lake Trailhead intersection: Saturday, September 29, 2012; traffic control at this intersection from 9:30am to 3:00pm. Emergency access shall be available at all times. Iroquois Road: Saturday, September 29, 2012; traffic control from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Emergency access shall be available at all times. The following trail closures will take place: Mills Peak Trail: Saturday, September 29, 2012; complete closure from 6:00am to 12:00pro. Emergency access shall be available at all times.