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Fire fee bills cause uproar; authorities advise locals to pay fee, consider filing protest


Last updated 11/5/2012 at Noon

Rarely do Sacramento politicians, local government officials and consumer advocacy groups agree on anything. But this time, on the issue of the latest fire fee imposed by the California state legislature, all three are in total agreement on at least one point: Pay the fee.

However, that’s where the conciliatory tone ends.

Some state officials – the ones who voted for the fire fee – say pay the fee, it is legal and was imposed as a means to pay for Cal Fire, the state’s firefighting agency. Legislators in the minority in this case, say it is a move made to punish Republican...

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