ABX1 29 (Blumenfield)
The bill to create the State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fire Fee was introduced by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D) on May 19, 2011. The measure, intended to raise revenues as part of the state budget, requires the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to adopt emergency regulations to establish a fire prevention fee in an amount not to exceed $150 to be charged on each structure on a parcel that is within a state responsibility area.
According to the final analysis of ABX1 29 (Blumenfield) made by the State Senate’s Office of Floor Analyses, the bill;
“Imposes an annual $150 fire prevention fee on structures located in the State Responsibility Areas (SRA); requires fee revenues to be available to the Board of Forestry (Board) and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF), upon appropriation by the Legislature, for fire prevention and protection activities in SRAs.”
Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield speaks at a press conference with Governor Jerry Brown.
Governor Brown signed the bill on July 7, noting in his signing statement that “This bill recognizes that a portion of the costs borne by the state for wildland fire prevention and protection services should be funded by the landowners in these areas… The purpose of this bill is to make the necessary statutory changes to realize $50 million of General Fund savings identified in the budget bill by allocating the revenue generated from this fee to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (CAL FIRE’s) fire protection program, as well as $200 million in ongoing General Fund savings.