State fire tax died in budget |

State fire tax died in budget

Proposed new fees to finance the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection were wiped out with the recently unveiled state budget.

CDF spokeswoman Karen Terrill said expected cuts did not materialize, so the need for the fees went away.

“There was no reduction from the CDF budget,” she said. CDF funding in the budget was restored to its normal $600 million annual figure, Terrill said.

The fee would have required most state residents pay a $70 one-time shot and then $35 per year per property, as outlined earlier this year when the department thought the budget ax would fall.

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