Homeowners who were improperly charged and paid a special fire tax may soon be getting refunds.

An internal audit found more than 3,800 area property owners included in the voter-approved Sloughhouse/Rancho Murieta Special Fire Tax SHOULDN'T have been. 

Current law only allows Sac Metro Fire to issue refunds for the last four years, so Assemblyman Ken Cooley has authored urgency legislation to allow complete refunds dating back to 2005:

"...authorizes Sac Metro Fire to return funds which through inadvertence they collected from people who did not owe them and we're doing this by removing a barrier that current law binds them to.  They're permitted the refunds," Cooley said.

The bill is now on the Senate side awaiting referral to a policy committee.  If ultimately enacted, refunds would be available immediately.