Supervisor Collects Taxpayer Cash For Clearing His Own Brush

Originally posted on CBS Sacramento:

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EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS13) – Cal Fire says it’s a highly successful program that helps prevent forest fires. But we’ve uncovered documents showing tens of thousands of dollars have gone into the pocket of just one politician. And, yes, you’re paying for it.

El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting’s family owns 660 acres of timberland outside of Placerville.

Over the last several years he’s collected about $70,000 of taxpayer money for work he’s done clearing brush and trimming trees on his own land. About half the money came from Proposition 40, a 2002 bond measure California voters passed for clean water and air.

“Is it fair? Prop. 40 is a tool that’s used for property owners to reduce their fuel loads,” Nutting said.

Cal Fire oversees the program and defends it as a proactive tool in the fight against wildfires.

“This program has helped us…

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