KCLU: Bill By Santa Barbara Legislator To Help Fire Proof Homes Signed Into Law By Governor

October 12, 2018

The Governor has signed into law a bill from a Santa Barbara legislator intended to help people make their homes more brush fire resistant.

SB 465 allows local government agencies to expand an existing program to help homeowners make energy and water efficiency improvements to include fire proofing efforts.

The PACE program gives homeowners upfront financing for important home improvements, which are paid back through property tax bills.

The legislation authored by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson allows homeowners to use the PACE program to do safety projects like replacing wood or shingle roofs with fire resistant roofs.