Thursday, August 30, 2012

Letter to the Editor re: Fire Tax Protest

Dear Editor,

The Calaveras County Taxpayers Association urges taxpayers to take action on the "Fire Tax"by using the protest procedure developed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association which is also suing the state to overturn this tax. Action suggested is challenging the tax and requesting a refund.
The Fire Tax Protest site ( is a one-stop resource for taxpayers who wish to protest the new fire tax, learn more information about their rights, or join a class action lawsuit to overturn what HJTA believes to be an unlawful tax.
”The fire tax is in direct violation of Prop. 13, and it represents an additional burden on rural homeowners who are already suffering in this economy,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “This new tax ... represents the worst of Sacramento -- taking more money from hardworking people for a program they were already paying for, to cover the politicians' budget gap. Today we (HJTA) are offering a new tool for homeowners to protest this new tax.”
The Jarvis group, supported by the Calaveras County Taxpayer Association, is preparing to challenge the tax constitutionally in court on the grounds it should have been subject to the two-thirds vote requirement in the Legislature. 
Although taxpayers must pay the bill, the HJTA site shows how to protest the fee in order to be eligible for a refund. There they can sign up for free email bulletins that will keep them informed of the progress of the taxpayers' suit against the state of California. “It is our goal to help taxpayers get relief,” added Coupal. “We are committed to fighting these illegal taxes to ensure taxpayers have their day in court.”
David Wolfe, HJTA Legislative Director,  will be speaking at the Calaveras County Taxpayers Association BBQ on September 19, 2012, at Moaning Caver Resort. More information on the event is at the CCTA website:
The mailing of these tax bills comes at a bad time for Calaveras County Property owners because of the need to support our existing fire services through legitimate funding.
Albert J. Segalla, President
Calaveras County Taxpayers Association