Local residents have begun to receive their bill for the $150 fire fee passed by the State of California. It is crucial that you pay it within 30 days of the date of the bill, not the day you receive it. You will then need to file for a refund right away. The form for that filing is at www.firetaxprotest.org. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has filed suit in court to have the fee overturned, but that won't be decided for quite a while, I'm sure.
Editor's Note: This is an addition to the Antelope Valley News column that ran Wednesday by Lynne Katusich.