Peterka didn’t attend the meeting. “I think there is next to no way local response would change the path of this fee,” he says.
Opponents still see a small window to overturn the law. Although AB 1506, which would have repealed it, has failed, Dargan says lawsuits may follow after the first bills go out. The key issue: is the charge a tax or a benefit fee?
“We agree the law should be tested,” Dargan says, to ensure that homeowners are receiving a real benefit from the services.
Meanwhile, as some anxiously check to see if they live in a state responsibility area, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center has published a map that won’t have rural residents resting easier.
It predicts that a significant wildfire season is developing in the Southwest.
For a map of state responsibility areas: bof.fire.ca.gov/sra_viewer/. ■