California Referendum on the $150 Fire Prevention Fee (2012)
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11-0024 was an attempt to use California's veto referendum process to nullify a legislative bill approved by the California State Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Specifically, the proposed referendum sought to overturn ABx1 29.
ABx1 29 allows the state to collect an annual fee up to $150 for each building located in areas where the state pays for fire services. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection estimates that in the approximately 31 million acres in California where the state (as opposed to a local government) is responsible for fire-fighting, there are about 846,000 housing units. The $150 annual tax on these buildings would therefore generate about $200 million each year in additional revenue to the state.
Text of measure
- "If signed by the required number of registered voters and filed with the Secretary of State, this petition will place on the statewide ballot a challenge to an existing state law. The law must be approved by voters at the next statewide election to remain in effect. The law calls for an annual fee up to $150 for each building located in areas where the state pays for fire services. The fee would fund fire services for such areas."
Path to the ballot
- See also: California signature requirements
Sponsors of 11-0024 would have had to collect 504,760 signatures by October 6, 2011 to qualify the measure for the ballot.
The letter requesting a title and summary for the proposed referendum was signed by Ted Gaines and was received by the Attorney General of California on July 20, 2011.
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