The Riverside County board of supervisors have set a Sept. 21 public hearing to consider the Riverside County Fire Department’s request to attach fire mitigation charges to the tax bills of nearly 600 property owners, who officials say have not paid the cost of abating weeds and other potential fire hazards around their parcels.
The board’s 5-0 vote on scheduling was preceded by a complaint from Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, who told fire officials he had been waiting “five years” for a change to the department’s appeals process in the case of mistakenly imposed charges.
“There have been cases in the past where it was not the actual property owner who was abated, but a party with a parcel next to them,” Jeffries said. “So the wrong parcel was cited in the assessment. The