California Fire Prevention Fee Billing Coming Soon

This just came in from our friends at Disclosure Source.
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Property owners within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) will soon be receiving a bill requiring payment up to $150 per habitable structure for state fire prevention services.

In July of 2011, the Governor signed legislation (ABX1 29) requiring affected property owners to pay a fee for state fire prevention services in their area. The fee is applied to all habitable structures within the SRA.

The SRA is the area of the state where the State of California is financially responsible for the prevention and suppression of wildfires. SRA does not include lands within city boundaries or in federal ownership. To see if your property is within the SRA, use the State Responsibility Area Viewer website:

http://www.firepreventionfee.org/sraviewer.php

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.

Note: The transfer of title does not trigger the fee. The notice of the Fire Prevention Fee has been included in Disclosure Source NHD Reports since September 2011.

For more information about the Fire Prevention Fee visit:

http://firepreventionfee.org/sra_faqs.php
and
http://www.homewarranty.com/pdfs/Fire_Prevention_Fee_Program.pdf

Reinita Osborne, Senior Account Manager

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