Rural areas keep ‘crash’ tax
Sacramento and Roseville killed “crash taxes” earlier this year amid political push-back, but small towns and rural fire districts across the region still have the controversial emergency-recovery fees in place.
Fire departments, especially those along the Interstate 80 and Highway 50 corridors, continue to bill out-of-town motorists when crews respond to accidents.
Some fire officials say the fees, which range from about $400 to $2,500, are an important source of extra income in tough times and haven’t resulted in political strife, as they did in Sacramento.
Critics in the capital said the fees targeting out-of-towners would hurt business and tourism, and had angered neighboring localities.