Fire fee affects all of Antelope Valley |

Fire fee affects all of Antelope Valley

Last year, Gov. Brown and the State Legislature passed a bill which will affect more than 800,000 Californians who live in rural areas. This bill created a “fire fee” of $150 for each habitable dwelling on rural property. This fee is charged to you even if you live in an area where you already pay a tax for fire protection, but you would possibly be able to get a $35 discount in that case. This has, until recently, not been made public to the residents who will be affected statewide. The bill for this fee is being mailed out by the state, and you will be receiving it soon; unfortunately, if you don’t pay it within 30 days, you will be charged penalties. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is actively working to get the information out to us on how to appeal this fee and possibly get a refund.. It is essential that we all become informed about this. To that end, there will be a meeting at the Walker Senior Center on Sept. 12, at 12:30 p.m. It is crucial that anyone affected by this come to the meeting and learn more. Don’t think this won’t affect you. Please be there.

Flu shots will be given

On Sept. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m., County Health Nurse Carolyn Balliet will be at the Walker Senior Center to provide flu shots for those who haven’t already got theirs. Be sure to be there on time, as there will be many wanting these shots.

High school sports begin

Last weekend, Coleville High School’s football team opened their season at Smith Valley, winning the game by a score of 64-8. They will be playing home games the next three Saturdays, at l p.m. It’s always fun to watch their games and root for them.

The school’s girls’ volleyball teams will be playing at home Friday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. against Excel Christian, so try to get out and see how they do.

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Lynne Katusich can be reached at or (530) 495-2552.

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