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PLEASE HELP US WIN THE FIRE TAX LAWSUIT!

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12/20/2016 11:05:44 AM
PLEASE HELP US WIN THE FIRE TAX LAWSUIT!Post: Willow

Dear Rural Homeowner:

Winning the case against the state’s illegal fire tax on rural homeowners is our legal team’s top priority.

Our experts believe the state has been illegally charging you $150 per year for what they call a fire “fee,” but it is actually a tax under Proposition 13.  This tax never received the needed two-thirds vote of the Legislature, still the state is doing everything it can to continue to collect this illegal tax.

We filed our suit as a class action so that we could claim refunds for homeowners, but class actions are procedurally complex and time consuming.  To make matters worse, the state filed motions three times trying to get the case dismissed.  Each required briefing and a court hearing to fight off.  Of course, the longer the state can delay the case, the more it can hang on to the millions of dollars improperly collected.

Recently, in response to our discovery motions -- intended to prove that the fire tax money is not being spent to deliver specific services to the property owners who pay the fee (making it a tax) -- the state did a “document dump” on our legal team, delivering over twelve thousand pages that must be carefully reviewed. 

Our legal team is aggressive and capable, but it is also small.  To meet the need to closely examine these documents we have had to hire extra help.

This is why we are asking for your help.  Please consider a donation to HJTA of any amount:  Click here to give a donation of $50, $25, $15 or whatever you can afford. 

We know that budgets for homeowners are stretched this time of year, but we hope you will help us to continue our work to end this illegal tax for everyone and get refunds for those who qualify.

Please help us to continue fighting on your behalf by making a donation to HJTA today.  Your generous contribution will be used to advance HJTA’s legal and legislative objectives on behalf of California taxpayers.

Gratefully,

Jon Coupal
President
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

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