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Some homeowners will get a fire fee break

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
Some Ojai Valley property owners will be feeling some monetary relief after a controversial fire-prevention fee for rural areas of California was suspended.
The fee, aimed at people who own property in the State Responsibility Area (SRA), was suspended when legislators in Sacramento approved the extension of the state's cap-and-trade program, intended to combat climate change.
Suspension of the fee came with the passage of Assembly Bill 398, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown July 17.
Since 2011, local property owners in the SRA paid $117.33 each year in fire prevention fees for every habitable parcel. That amount was discounted from $152.33 because Ventura County has its own fire department, in addition to Cal Fire.

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