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Posted by: thepinetree on 08/30/2017 08:32 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 08/30/2017 08:32 PM
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Committee Rejects Senator Gaines Cal-Fire Audit Request

Sacramento, CA...Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today expressed disappointment in the Joint Legislative Audit Committee’s (JLAC) denial of his request for an audit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), specifically the monies collected from the fire tax. Senator Gaines was able to generate strong, bi-partisan support for the audit, however, it was not enough to move the request forward.





“My district contains as many as 160,000 properties in State Responsibility Areas, whose owners have been paying the fire fee for the past six years. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be adequate accounting for the money collected – its total, its balance, and its administration.

“Although the collection of the fee is now being suspended, hundreds of millions of dollars have already been taken from largely rural taxpayers and they deserve to know what happened to that money, and if it was spent in a manner consistent with the law and their expectations.

“It was my hope that an audit of Cal Fire’s fire fee would assure me, my constituents and the public, that taxpayer interests are being served. It’s unfortunate that this information will remain in the dark and that government transparency will continue to be elusive.”

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

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Posted on: 2017-08-30 20:56:38   By: Anonymous
 
Of course they would not accept an audit request because the money most likely has been inappropriately spent. Will the homeowners that paid the illegal fee/tax receive a refund? The answer to that question is a guaranteed no.

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    Re: Outrage
    Posted on: 2017-08-31 03:36:23   By: Anonymous
     
    There will be outrage over this and then the voters will proceed to re-elect the same pack of crooks at the next opportunity. The cycle never ends.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-31 03:56:48   By: Anonymous
     
    Call in the feds this state is out of control.

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      State of Jefferson
      Posted on: 2017-08-31 07:26:51   By: Anonymous
       
      Sure makes a strong case for the State of Jefferson. Keep our money and our water, goodbye California's taxation without representation...

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        Re: State of Jefferson
        Posted on: 2017-08-31 08:59:02   By: Anonymous
         
        Agree. Just have to get rest of the snowballs to agree. Good luck. Might affend a woahman. Get called a racist.

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          Re: State of Jefferson
          Posted on: 2017-08-31 11:53:33   By: Anonymous
           
          Where did the money go? Two words. "Bullet Train". It reminds me of the Simpson" Monorail.
          Man: So sorry, I should not have snuck up on you like that. My name is Sebastian Cobb.Brown hired me to build his Bullet Train. He cut corners everywhere. Bad wiring, faulty breaks and the celebrity on the maiden voyage was Gallagher.
          Sebastian Cobb shows Marge the wrecked Bullet Train
          Sebastian Cobb: This is all that's left of one of the crappiest trains ever built!

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Cap and Trade
Posted on: 2017-08-31 10:57:58   By: Anonymous
 
The renewal of the current Cap and Trade program (taxing gas, oil, and other "polluting" business for green house gases) is the supposed reason for eliminating this illegal tax....oops, fee! Additionally, the rest of the residents of the People's Republic of California will carry more tax burden at the pump and in the grocery stores when the new gas tax is implemented: 8 cents per gallon for unleaded and 20 cents for diesel. Why isn't this making headlines? Brown's nice and comfy with crooked Hillary and the rest of those Socialists!

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