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Update On HJTA Lawsuit Against Rural Fire Fee

CALIFORNIA – In October 2012, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) filed a lawsuit against several California agencies, arguing that what has become known as the “Rural Fire Fee,” was an illegal violation of Prop. 13. Assembly Bill 29×1 required over 800,000 property owners in State Responsibility Areas to pay $150 per habitable structure for what was called a “fire ...

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Sierra Nat’l Forest Seeks Public Input On Off-Highway Vehicle Grants

CLOVIS – The public is invited to give their input on the Sierra National Forest’s 2013 State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle (OHV) grant application during an open house on Mar. 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 1600 Tollhouse Rd. This year the State has funds available for education, operation and maintenance, law enforcement and restoration projects, and the Sierra National ...

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Rural Fire Fee – Next Round Of Bills On The Way

CALIFORNIA – Homeowners in designated State Responsibility Areas (SRA) throughout the state will soon be receiving another bill for what has become known as the Rural Fire Fee. Beginning in 2012, anyone living in an SRA is required to pay $150 per habitable structure on their property. An SRA is an area where the state bears the primary responsibility for ...

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Caltrans Widens Highway 99

New Highway Widening Project Will Deliver More Traffic Congestion Relief to State Route 99 FRESNO – Caltrans has begun work on a $68 million highway widening project that will reduce congestion and improve the movement of agricultural goods on Highway 99 in Fresno and Madera counties. “This is good for Fresno and Madera residents and will serve farmers for decades,” ...

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Postal Service To Stop Saturday Mail Delivery

WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service announced plans today to transition to a new delivery schedule during the week of Aug. 5, 2013 that includes package delivery Monday through Saturday, and mail delivery Monday through Friday. The Postal Service expects to generate cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually, once the plan is fully implemented.

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Rural Fire Fee – Lawmakers Fight It, Governor Budgets The Revenue

CALIFORNIA – There are currently three bills in the California Legislature, seeking to overturn what has become known as the Rural Fire Fee, which requires property owners in designated State Responsibility Areas to pay up to $150 annually per habitable structure, to the State Board of Equalization for fire prevention. Assembly Bill (AB) 124, whose co-sponsors include newly elected Assemblymember ...

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Buy State Parks Annual Pass On Tax Return

CALIFORNIA – Californians can now purchase their California State Parks Annual Pass on their state income tax return. It is a new option than makes the process quick and easy. This new option was created through the California State Park Stewardship Act of 2012 (AB 1589), a new state law authored by former state Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael. The ...

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Local Christmas Bird Counts Successful

Annual Christmas bird counts last month in Mariposa, Oakhurst and Yosemite yielded fewer birds than last year, yet organizers of the three local events nonetheless judged them successful–and, as always, fun! The counts were part of the National Audubon Society’s 113th Christmas Bird Count, an annual avian census held between Dec. 14, 2012 and Jan. 5, 2013. Begun on Christmas ...

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