Residents affected by the Station fire and subsequent winter debris flows could receive significant tax relief under a bill by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino that passed a key committee this week.
The so-called "Disaster Relief Bill" — co-authored by Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) and Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries (R-Lake Elsinore) — would provide state property tax breaks to homeowners who have to repair or rebuild in the wake of natural disasters.
"When people suffer property loss in their homes, that's an emotional assault on one's place for safety," Portantino said. "And it's the least the state can do to try to offer some tax relief to folks that have been devastated."
In the short term, the tax liability for affected residents would be re-evaluated to reflect damage to the property. Later on, affected residents would be able to repair or rebuild their homes without incurring higher property tax bills.
The legislation would also protect residents who choose to move instead of rebuild, according to Portantino's office.