Obernolte & Morrell - Fire Tax? 


 “Many property owners in my district suffer under this illegal tax,” stated Assemblyman Obernolte.  “I want to make sure as many constituents as possible are informed about this issue and what actions are being taken to provide relief to taxpayers.”


The Office of California Assembly 33rd District Assemblyman Obernolte has announced that the community is encouraged to attend a Town Hall meeting.  The topic of interest is the State Fire Prevention Fee or more appropriately referred to as theFire Tax’ issue, a great concern of property owners in San Bernardino County including the Big Bear Valley. The Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for Saturday May 16th in Big Bear City. The meeting will begin at 9:00 A.M. in the Big BBARWA (Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency) conference room.

Senator Michael Morrell will join Assemblyman Jay Obernolte for the morning meeting. Property owners and community members will have the opportunity to hear both of the legislators explain the State Fire Prevention Fee Bill #129, that they adamantly oppose and refer to as an illegal ‘Fire Tax’. When the Bill passed in July 2011, it was to supplement the CAL-FIRE budget.

Previous on this website: Obernolte on Illegal Fire Tax http://www.bigbearlake.net/etnews/illegal-fire-tax-meetings-

Recently, other Town Hall meetings were held in Lake Arrowhead and in Lucerne Valley.  More than one hundred residents attended and learned more about a lawsuit that was filed in October 2012, which challenges the validity of the State Fire Prevention Fee. The Assemblyman and Senator both heard a unanimous opposition to the ‘Fire Tax’ and clearly not one resident voiced in support of it.

Our own brand new assemblyman, former City of Big Bear Lake Mayor Jay Obernolte didn’t hesitate to file his first Bill, that at least would allow taxpayers some consideration/a grace period of 60 days to pay the fee (per parcel) or a provision to dispute the fee; as the current law allows only 30 days to pay the total fee.

Those that attended the Town Hall meetings found them most informative and expressed to the men how they found the information useful. Host Assemblyman Obernolte hopes that many from the Valley will attend the May 16th meeting, so that the ‘Fire Tax’ will be clearly understood and why it is not lawful.

Senator Michael Morrell will schedule a Town Hall meeting in Oak Hills soon; to be announced later. 

BBARWA is located at 121 Palomino Drive, east on SR-18 & Big Bear Boulevard to intersection at SR-38 at Greenspot, stay to the left past the stop sign, cross onto Shay Road, stay on Shay Road until Palomino Drive and turn left. BBARWA building with parking spaces will be on the left. ‚Äč