Three New Wildfire Mitigation Bills Intro’d
The Wildfire Matters Review Committee brought three House Bills to the house. HB 1007 ends a tax deduction for property owners that offsets wildfire mitigation expenses. The deduction is replaced with an income tax credit beginning in 2023, which would be available to landowners with a taxable annual income of less than $120,000. Elizabeth Peetz, Vice President of CAR’s Government Affairs, stated the cap “removes the ability for individuals to be a part of the solution.” There were two other bills: HB 1011 would have allowed dollars for forest thinning, and HB 1012 would have provided grants for wildfire prevention or cleanup efforts that reduced carbon–such as planting trees or removing wood.