Prop 13 said no new tax without a 2/3 vote so every new tax became a fee. The latest to pass the state fire board was a $90 fee for fire (it started higher). I guess we need another proposition stating that fees are taxes and any other word you can come up with that increases government income.
The legislature would rather give the power to do things like this to the agencies so the voters won't get mad at them. They can claim to be tring to stop or change the fee.