What is the State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fire Prevention Fee?
The SRA Fire Prevention Fee was enacted by AB X1 29 in July 2011, to pay for fire prevention activities across the State. The fee is applied to all habitable structures within the State Responsibility Area (SRA). The SRA is defined as any properties in the State that are not under the jurisdiction of an incorporated city or town or within federally owned lands. All properties in the Higgins Fire District are within the SRA.
Effective July 1, 2015, the fee has been levied at the rate of $117.33 per habitable structure within the boundaries of a local fire protection agency.
Otherwise, the fee is $152.33. This fee can be adjusted annually by the State Forestry and Fire Protection Board.
These funds are not available to local fire districts.
The funds support the following Statewide activities [Source: Informational Report for the State Responsibility Area Prevention Fee - published June 15, 2016 by FirePreventionFee.org]:
- Fire Prevention projects and activities
- California Conservation Camp (CCC) prevention activities and projects.
- Land Use Planning
- Fire Hazard and Fire Severity Mapping
- SRA Fire Prevention Fund Grant Program [for instance, to local Fire Safe Councils for vegetation treatment projects and education programs towards the reduction of wildfire risks.]
- Vegetation Management Programs (VMPs)
Below is a pie chart of five-year state-wide total expenditures between 2012 through 2015 (actuals) and 2016 (projected as of May of 2016).
The Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit contributed $31.4 million or 10.5 % of the $298,200,854.21 collected in these five years.
$6.8 million or 21% was not spent as of May 2016 in our Unit.