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New state fire protection fees affecting Ventura County

Ventura County residents are subject to a new fire prevention fee of up to $150 a year to prevent future wildfires. The county is one of six in the state affected by the new fee.

November 27, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A newly imposed controversial fire prevention fee is meeting much opposition from Ventura County residents.

The state has begun billing Ventura County residents up to $150 for fire protection services.

Ventura County and its fire department oppose the yearly fee, saying residents living in the 'state responsibility area' are already paying for fire protection.

The area consists of state and privately owned forest, and up to 9,000 parcels in Ventura County may be subject to the fee.

The money provides funding for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection budget, also known as Cal FIRE. No new services will be provided in exchange for the fee.