It happened again. We shouldn’t be surprised.
In rural Obion County, Tennessee, another fire burns a structure to the ground as firefighters stand idly by, obeying the orders of their administration NOT to extinguish the fire.
The property owners did not pay for fire protection. The rural portions of the city of South Fulton are not taxed like the citizens of the city are, and therefore do not contribute to the staffing, maintenance, and service the city department provides.
Furthermore, these Obion County rural homeowners went to the polls and CHOSE NOT to pay taxes for the city department to provide coverage to the rural area. So the city offered a “subscription-based” fire protection service, giving rural homeowners the option of obtaining fire protection for a mere $75 per year.
Some paid, some didn’t.
It should be noted both properties that burned were owned by homeowners who knew they were not going to receive fire services because they had made a conscious decision to NOT pay the fee.
What do you think?
Should the firefighters have put out the fires anyway?
What do you think of this type of fire service funding?
Who is at fault? The homeowner? The firefighters? The administration? The Tea Party? Obama?
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