Industry Alert- Appliance, Computer and Electronics Fees increasing by 2019
Appliance, Computer and Electronics Fees increasing by 2019
Message from the President
How would you like to get another increase of up to 25% on your registration fees with the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI)? Well in February 2015 AB1175 was authored by Sebastain Ridley Thomas and sponsored by the BEARHFTI to do just that. I have had conversations with Mr. Thomas’s office concerning this bill. They are aware that we will not support the legislation. We were never asked as an Industry for suggestions or opinions on this legislation.
PSOC has had a great relationship with Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair for many years. They used to partner with us and discuss issues before making decisions that directly affect the industry. Around ten years ago things started changing in a rapid and concerning way. The Bureau had a hard time appointing and keeping Chiefs to run the department. The longest tenure was around one year and most averaged three months. The longest serving Chief in history came from our industry and was appointed by Republicans and Democrats for 25 years.
In 2009 someone had a bright idea to merge two departments, BEAR and Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation, thus BEARHFTI. The merger was supposed to create more efficiency, cost savings and they would be able to hire more field reps. Guess what, none of the above came to pass. Never heard about this either till it was done.
The sad fact is all the meetings held by the advisory committee about ninety percent of discussion has been about Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation. It appears they want our money but not our voice.
The department has projected severe budget problems due to overhead by the end of 2017 if they do not receive the increase. How many of us will have our doors shut by then? What has the BEARHFTI accomplished lately that would justify an increase?
I want to be fair and mention that the newly appointed Chief, Justin Paddock, has been communicating with me on a regular basis. I believe that he will listen to our concerns as an industry. We have always given the chief the benefit of the doubt and we will work with Justin. I have invited him to our convention to speak and he has accepted. He needs to hear from all of you. So take this opportunity. The Chief is aware that we will not support AB1175.
The Department of Consumer Affairs just spent an estimated 96 million dollars on software that apparently isn’t doing the job. So in order to cover their tracks a DCA spokesman made a statement that the fees would have to be raised on all departments. So far the only increases we see are for Dealers and Service Contractors registered with the Bureau. I asked the Chief what happened to Home Furnishings? He stated that the bill would be amended. I want you to notice Home Furnishings licensing fees are less than half that of service dealers and they pay every two years.
This newsletter contains a lot of information you need to read. Inform yourselves because PSOC intends to fight this bill all the way. We need your support and you need to be at the convention in May. We want Sebastain Ridley Thomas and Chief Justin Paddock to hear your voice.