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  •  I agree one should use taxes (0+ / 0-)

    I'd just point out that it's hard to imagine someone who owned property free and clear (any mortgage I know of would have required fire protection) was deciding between $75 fee and food.

    •  Doesn't matter whether he was (0+ / 0-)

      or wasn't. Just as the free rider argument doesn't matter. There are those that can't afford $75 or are mentally impaired enough to not understand or handle the situation or any number of other possible scenarios and we as a community are indeed responsible for our less fortunate neighbors.

      There will always be "free riders" trying to get one over on everyone else. And fire fighting, like all other community services, costs money. But we do not and cannot condone standing idly by based on fear of the free rider to the cost of the rest of the community.


      p.s. in this economy lots of homeowners are stretched to the point where they are trying to keep their homes and feed their families by cutting everything else. One of the last things we tend to let go of once we have it is the home. Even further, with home values having fallen so sharply it is entirely possible that letting go of the home is more costly then keeping it since one could not hope to sell for what they owe. It is entirely possible for someone to be just barely making mortgage payments (and perhaps lying about fire coverage or whatever else) and doing what they can with whatever else they have to feed their families. I am not quite in that situation but not that far from it and have cut out lots of things in order to keep going. I'd probably have sold my house and bought or rented something smaller and less expensive if that was an option but frankly it isn't so I keep paying a mortgage and heating bill I can't really afford because there really isn't a reasonable other option available to me at the moment.

      "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

      by Andrew C White on Thu Oct 07, 2010 at 11:45:58 AM PDT

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