Why is state paying people to clear their land of brush?

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 - 10:04 am

Re "Local leader's grants debated" (Our Region, April 28): Why am I paying El Dorado County supervisor Ray Nutting (or anyone) to clear fire hazards from his land? I live on a paved street with grass lawns, trees, etc., like a city neighborhood but with bigger lots. Although there is no fire hazard in my area, CalFire has deemed it part of the State Responsibility Area and I pay the $150 tax recently imposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

It's galling to see my money being paid to individuals, who choose to live in real high fire areas, to clear their land of fire hazards. It doesn't make sense. The $70,000 already paid to Nutting and proposed additional $50,000 is beyond belief.

This is just one landowner. How much has been paid by this program throughout the state? Talk about a welfare program. I pay for taking care of my own property, so should these individuals.

-- Steve Bengle, Penryn

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