A Vietnam veteran is standing up against county officials to save his home. Joseph Diliberti's home is supposed to go up for auction as soon as June.
He said to the fire board Tuesday night, "I'm here to address this issue. I have a big problem going on."
He owes thousands of dollars in weed abatement work and interest charges.
"I don't think a distinction is being made between the tax he owes and the weed abatement amount. That was 25-thousand dollars, and has grown to 63-thousand dollars. That's what were having a problem with," said Richard Halsey of The California Chaparral Institute.
Diliberti's 3.7 acres near El Cajon is full of lush landscape that officials consider a fire danger.
Diliberti argues, "this is nonsense to be talking about, because I have no fire hazard to begin with so why even bother me to begin with."
Cal Fire officials say they no longer have the power to reduce Diliberti's bill, which has been growing for several years.
"The charges that were confirmed against his property had already been paid by the county tax accessor," explained Division Chief Dave Nisson.
So now Diliberti and his supporters will target county tax officials, hoping to work out a deal.