RCRC-sponsored Assembly Bill 2727 by Assembly Member Heath Flora (R – Stanislaus) provides a tax credit to volunteer firefighters for 80 percent of qualified expenses incurred during the taxable year, up to $1,500. Often times, volunteer firefighters spend monies out of their own pocket for safety equipment and training they are required to have. Due to the costs associated with required firefighter training and fire equipment needs, it is becoming more difficult for these volunteers to continue their service and to recruit new volunteer firefighters to provide an adequate level-of-service in rural areas.
AB 2727 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Revenue & Taxation Committee on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. RCRC urges individual member counties to support AB 2727. RCRC’s letter can be accessed here. A template letter can be accessed here.