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