(PR) HJTA Opposes New “Fire Tax” Regulation in Filing with Office of Administrative Law (OAL)

Taxpayer association asks state agency to disapprove due to Proposition 13 violation

Sacramento CA ‰ÛÒ The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has filed an official objection and recommendation letter to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and the State Board of Forestry (BOF) regarding emergency regulations to implement a new fire tax approved by the Legislature in June.

The objection centers on two key points: the fire levy is a tax and not a fee; and as a tax it failed to receive a two-thirds vote in the Legislature under provisions of Proposition 13. The letter asserts that because it undermines the constitutionality of the statute any proposed regulation to implement it should also be denied.

“This letter underscores what has been our course of action since this illegal tax was approved in June. We will pursue every legal remedy at our disposal in order to expose this budget charade that unfairly targets thousands of hardworking rural taxpayers” said HJTA President Jon Coupal.

HJTA continues to lead the fight in efforts to oppose this tax and with the filing of this letter continues its commitment to ultimately have the tax declared illegal.

“California homeowners some of whom are unemployed and facing foreclosure will be bearing the brunt of this $150 annual unconstitutional tax. Defending them and Proposition 13 remains our top priority” said Coupal.

The HJTA letter to the Office of Administrative Law can be read here.