Rural fire fee to increase

NORTH COAST- California’s rural fire prevention fee is set to increase starting next year. State law requires the fee to automatically adjust upward for inflation, even though about 26-million dollars already collected still remains unspent. The hike amounts to $2.33, netting the state an additional $1.7 million on top of the $72 million in current fees expected from mostly rural residents, that will push the price to about $117 or $152 depending on property location.