Something is wrong with collection of fire prevention fee

Published: Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013 - 10:09 am

Re "Fire fee angers many living in foothills" (Our Region, Aug. 4): I am a native Californian, have spent the majority of my life in this beautiful state, and was a resident of Monterey County for 20+ years.

I am aware of the importance of preventing fires in our state; the recent Rim Fire is testament to that importance. However, I was surprised to receive a bill for the fire prevention fee since I sold my home in Monterey County in January.

I called to inform CALFIRE that I no longer owned the home and was told that I must pay the entire tax because I owned the property on July 1, 2012. I have no problem with paying the portion of the tax from July 1 through January 2013, but is it even legal for the State of California to charge someone a form of property tax when the individual no longer owns the property?

-- Elizabeth Hinnant, Vancouver, Washington

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