Officials said more than 16 million people visit Huntington Beach each year, and more than 300 accidents every year are caused by nonresidents who don't pay taxes to cover the city's services. Authorities expect the ordinance could bring in about $100,000 each year.
The fee depends on the service required. If someone is trapped in a car and needs to be freed, it could cost nearly $2000. Having a fire truck respond could cost more than $400 an hour.
"It's another way for the government to get money. That's what it is to me, and I'm totally against that," said Tyce Ferguson of Fresno.
"We are directing this toward the person who caused the accident and that's not fair to the person who was innocent in the accident," said Cameron.
The driver's insurance company would receive the bill, but those without insurance would be billed directly.
Officials said if Huntington Beach approves the ordinance, it could take a few months before taking effect.