House Passes Wildfire Mitigation Incentives

(Feb. 11) – A bill to continue tax incentives for homeowners who take precautions to reduce the risk of wildfire to their homes passed the House today on a bipartisan 57-7 vote.

HB13-1012 was recommended by the interim Lower North Fork Wildfire Commission and was sponsored by two of that panel’s members, Reps. Claire Levy (D-Boulder) and Cheri Gerou (R-Evergreen).

The bill continues an income tax deduction for a landowner in a “wildland-urban interface area” who performs wildfire mitigation measures. It also continues the authority of the state Water Resources and Power Development Authority to issue bonds for watershed protection and forest health projects.

“Colorado’s worst year for wildfires was 2012, and lower-than-average snowfall is a worrisome sign for 2013,” Rep. Levy said. “The need to encourage mitigation efforts is obvious.”

Final House passage of the bill sends it to the Senate.

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