Tax group sues to block Calif. firefighting fee

Associated Press
Tax group sues to block Calif. firefighting fee

Steve Buettner, who is a plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against the state, is seen with his goats at his home in Valley Springs, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Buettner and 10 other California residents who have joined with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to file a lawsuit against the state seeking to block a $150 fee assessed on rural property owners to raise money for fire prevention. The lawsuit, filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, Thursday, claims the fee is actually an illegal tax that requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature rather than the simple majority vote it received in 2011. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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