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9/17/2013 1:36:36 PM
Refund No Longer Available SRA Fee ???Reply: cinder465
Don't think that is correct now. Since the lawsuit there is a form to fill out to Petition for a refund IF the lawsuit is settled in homeowners favor. If you do not fill out the petition, you most likely will not be eligible for the refund. Anyway, that's how I read it after a 2013 court decision. I filled out the form and sent it..and sent my check in "under protest" both last year and again this year. Can't hurt I guess..but would love to hear if you find something and read it differently Nathan.
9/17/2013 1:34:09 PM
Link to Fire Fee Redetermination form for current 2012-2013 feeReply: Laurie
Here you go:

9/17/2013 12:49:45 PM
Fire Tax aka SRA FeeReply: TB
Please note that this is a Legislative issue and not the doing of your local fire department. It seems to get mixed up when the residents see the word Fire and then correlate that with your Lake Mathews Fire Station.
9/17/2013 11:50:44 AM
Refund No Longer Available SRA FeeReply: Nathan
Just an FYI, If I recall correctly you had to have filled out the petition 30 days prior to paying your first bill a year ago. I do not have time at this moment to look through the docs and point out the line sorry but if you read through the docs in the link I just posted, it should be in there. Many spoke on this as well as Supervisor Jeffries back when it was first implemented and he was trying to fight it and make the public aware then. I am 99% sure but make sure you read the docs to find out what I mean. If I get some time later today, I will try to find exactly where it states that. Hope this helps.
9/17/2013 11:35:39 AM
PAY THE TAX then fill out this formReply: cinder465
Here is a link to the appeal form after you actually pay this tax:


lick on download forms and a form will appear with the necessary reason for Petition on page 2. It recommends you pay the tax and write "Under Protest" in subject line and attach a copy of your check to your appeal. If everything goes right for a refund, you may not get a refund unless you file this form. 
9/17/2013 11:27:49 AM
SRA Fee InfoReply: Nathan
Just thought this might help. This is one of the original threads on this subject.

9/17/2013 11:09:00 AM
Paying the fire taxReply: Anne
As the article says, it is important to pay the $115 or $150 to avoid penalties & a possible lien on your home. We expect the lawsuit to prevail, but until then, we are stuck. The small fee (compared to costs of everything else, like the nightmare of Obamacare foisted on poor families) is apparently illegal & an irritation, to be sure, but shouldn't bankrupt anyone who has the privilege of living here. 

9/17/2013 10:51:45 AM
Fire Tax Link UPDATEReply: cinder465
I found this link which may be helpful. It recommends paying to avoid a lien. Suggestions?

9/17/2013 10:40:01 AM
New Fire Tax bill...PAY??Reply: cinder465
Everyone is starting to receive the NEW fire tax bill for 7/1/12-6/30/13. I paid my full bill last yer but not sure what to do about this one?? Does anyone know the current status of the appeal?
7/26/2013 10:03:27 PM
Thanks for that informationReply: newmanpenny
Glad to hear it is tied up in a legal battle. Maybe we will not have to pay next years fire tax bill. But I doubt we will ever see a return from what we already paid. Either way, fingers crossed. I am broke and every little bit helps. Thanks again Willow!
7/26/2013 3:46:52 PM
Taxpayers Prevail in First Hearing on Fire Tax ~Post: Willow

News from HowardJarvis Taxpayers Association:
Taxpayers Prevail inFirst Hearing on Fire Tax

Last week, HJTA’s legal team appeared in SacramentoSuperior Court to defend against a state request that ourlawsuit, against what we believe to be an illegal fire tax,be dismissed.

The state claimed the suit could not be brought as a classaction and they wanted several of our plaintiffs to bedismissed because those plaintiffs sought refunds foreveryone who paid the fee, not just those who filed appealswith CalFire.  Our Director of Legal Affairs, TimBittle, urged the judge to allow the case to moveforward.  If the State acted illegally, he argued, itshould not be rewarded by getting to keep the money of over800,000 Californians affected.

This week the judge issued his ruling rejecting thestate’s arguments and allowing the suit to moveforward. 

This is just the beginning of a long legal process, and thisdecision does not necessarily indicate the finaloutcome.  However, we have won an important victory andHJTA lawyers continue to believe the case is strong andthat, ultimately, taxpayers will prevail.

If you are a rural homeowner or just interested in thiscase, please go to HJTA.org and click on the rotating Fire Tax Protestbanner.  Here you can read the latest news and sign upfor e-mail alerts specifically on the fire tax.

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