Board sets hearing on proposed fire mitigation fee payments

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The Board of Supervisors Tuesday set an Aug. 4 public hearing to consider the Riverside County Fire Department's request to attach fire mitigation charges to the tax bills of nearly 450 property owners, who officials say have not paid the cost of abating weeds and other potential fire hazards around their parcels. The hearing will determine whether the owners of 445 lots in communities countywide should pay a total $199,198 assessed under the county's Fire Hazard Reduction Program. The total amount due on the 2019 calendar year delinquent list is roughly 130% more than in 2018. Supervisor Karen Spiegel questioned whether all of the fees were applicable and expressed concern that the 2009 ordinance under which they will be assessed might be overdue for revision. Fire o
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