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“Many people don’t realize it, but for several years now certain property owners within California’s determined “fire responsibility area” have been charged a fire prevention fee for each habitable structure on their property.  This was changed recently with the passage of AB 398.  AB 398 was signed by Governor Brown on July 25, 2017.  Part of AB 398 states that effective on July 01, 2017, the Public Resources Code section 4213.05 is suspended.  That code section is the fire prevention fee, and AB 398 effectively suspended the fee indefinitely.  Section 4213.05 expires on January 01, 2031.

For those worried about the Great State of California not getting enough money, they are still getting a fee via a market-based compliance system under the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

On a related note, we were saddened to see all the devastation of the wildfires in Northern California and other regions.  Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to all the people effected recently by the wildfires.”


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