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State suspends fire fee in cap-and-trade deal

August 6, 2017 by Ronjoy Bezbarua

(Source: The San Diego Union Tribune) Effective July 1, Assembly Bill 398 suspends fire prevention fee billings starting with fiscal year 2017-18. Suspension of the fee is until Jan. 1, 2031, according to the legislation. Property owners who owe fire prevention fees are still required to make payment for fiscal years 2011-12 through 2016-17, according to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA), formerly the Board of Equalization. If a property owner has been billed for the fee and has not previously paid it, the passage of AB 398 does not change the amount owed, according to the agency. Some property owners may still receive bills for past fiscal years if information is received that the fee was owed and not previously billed, said the CDTFA. If not paid in a timely manner, penalties and interest may be assessed. Read full article….

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