SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a $150 annual wildfire protection fee for property owners in fire-prone areas California.
The Democratic governor announced Friday that he signed the bill to ensure rural property owners pay their share of the state’s wildland firefighting costs. The state has spent an average of $177 million a year for firefighting over the past decade.READ MORE: 2 Workers In Critical Condition After Reported Explosion In Downtown LA
The $150 annual fee is expected to generate $50 million during this fiscal year and $200 million annually in the future. The fee is being imposed on homeowners who live in CalFire Wildfire zones.READ MORE: Lady Gaga's Dogwalker Shot, Wounded In Hollywood; 2 French Bulldogs Stolen
It was one of two fees the Legislature’s Democratic majority approved as part of the state budget. The other is a $12 hike to the vehicle registration fee.
Anti-tax advocates say they plan to challenge the Legislature’s ability to impose fees without the two-thirds vote required for tax increases.MORE NEWS: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Motor Deputy Killed In Lakewood Crash
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