Feb 25, 2013 9:44 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Cal Fire charges fire fee twice by accident

Getting bills is never fun but some mobile home-owners in Los Osos have received twice as many as they should have.
People who live in the Daisy Hill Estates Mobile Home Park were sent two of the same bills for a fire prevention fee.

In September of last year Cal Fire announced people living in wild land areas throughout the state would have to pay a $150 annual fee for fire prevention.\

That's more than 800,000 people statewide and almost 25,000 in San Luis Obispo County alone.

The bills were sent out county by county in alphabetical order, and people living in San Luis Obispo County began receiving them in October.

The fee charges $150 and is issued to home-owners in wildfire areas by the state of California.
The state is responsible for protecting the land from fires and the fee helps fund this service.
This is the first year the fee was sent throughout San Luis Obispo County.
Cal Fire used two sources to list mobile homes in the area causing some bills to be made and delivered twice.

"So we're making a big effort right now to remedy that error," said Chief Robert Lewin of Cal Fire, "We're going through all the mobile homes that are in that park and making sure that if they did receive a bill that the money is refunded to them appropriately."

Those who paid two bills will be receiving refund checks from the state within the next couple months.
At this point, this is the only area in which bills were sent out twice.



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