In South Fulton, TN, a local fire department stood by and watched a house burn to the ground and kill three dogs and a cat because the family didn’t pay their $75 annual fee to the fire department. OK, the Cranick family didn’t pay their fee, but don’t fire departments get tax money, ostensibly paid by the Cranick family, to put out fires?
Mrs. Cranick claims she paid last year and the year before and it just slipped her mind this year. But like I said, if the fire department is required by law to not respond to emergencies at the homes of people who don’t pay the fee, should the tax money the department receives also be reduced by the same percentage if they don’t do the job for which they exist?
I’m not exonerating the Cranicks at all…they should have paid the fee since they remained in the area that requires it. However, has the county taken into account the fact that this law would also raise premiums of homeowner insurance policies, not to mention the lives they put in danger while they decide whether to roll out to a fire. What if a check is in the mail?
Aren’t liberals always telling us how essential taxes are because taxes pay for services like fire departments? Where did this fee come from, then? Around here, we have firemen standing on corners with boots panhandling for change. Where are the taxes going if they’re not going to these essential services?
And, oh, by the way; You guys in Montgomery County, Maryland are about to get charged a fee for ambulance service. (Washington Examiner link)
Under the measure, county residents’ insurance companies are charged between $300 and $800 per ambulance ride. Uninsured residents are not required to pay the fee and non-county residents are on the hook for any cost not covered by their insurance companies.
Yeah, and Legget, who has a million-dollar body guard contingent, is holding firefighters hostage by warning that if you don’t approve the fee, he’s going to cut fire department staffing by 10%. Of course, he won’t be giving up his body guards who were initially supplied during the days of the DC Sniper…but just continued for eight years – probably because of Leggett’s stunts like this.