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Fires out, that will be $300 please

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by buckeyefool, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. buckeyefool

    buckeyefool He's back and better than ever!

    I thought that things like taxes were there to cover this kind of stuff.

    Iowa Fire Dept. to Charge for Services
    <!-- IMAGE -->January 26, 2005 8:39 PM EST
    FAIRFIELD, Iowa - Residents will be charged a service fee for using the fire department's services. City Council voted Monday that the service fee will be effective immediately. Previously, there was only a charge for cleaning up hazardous material spills.

    Now, when the fire department responds to an accident and extracts someone from a vehicle, there will be a $500 charge. Responding to a vehicle fire will cost from $150 to $500.

    The charge for responding to a grass fire will be up to $300. The charge for a house fire will range from $300 to $500 and a commercial building fire will range from $300 to $1,000.

    "I believe this is something that we've needed in place for quite a while, and it would be beneficial for the city to utilize this and to utilize it now," Hamilton said.

    Had the fees been in place last year, the fire department would have taken in about $15,000, Fire Chief Ralph Hickenbottom said.

    Many of the fees will be covered by people's homeowner or vehicle insurance policies, rather than by individuals themselves, Hickenbottom said.
  2. FKAGobucks877

    FKAGobucks877 The Most Power-Drunk

    Yeah, we'll see how many fires get raging out of control before people call in the Fire Dept. now...
  3. coxew

    coxew Newbie

    I think one of the neighboring cities to Cincinnati tried something like this, maybe Forest Park. They were going to charge people in car accidents for the EMS crew to respond to the accident.
  4. DEBuckeye

    DEBuckeye It ain't easy, bein' cheesy.

    $300-$500 for a house fire? Hell, I can get a couple of extra garden hoses at Lowe's for under $50....

    That's pretty stupid.
  5. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    good idea, give folks a reason not to call for help :shake:
  6. scooter1369

    scooter1369 HTTR Forever.

    So, if you're in a 5 car pile-up, and one guy gets cited, does he get everyone's bill?

    What about arson? Should a victim of a crime be forced to pay for the Fire Department's services?
  7. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    I know that a lot of places charge non-residents for this stuff. Worthington does it... but the collection process is 3 notices by mail and that's the end of it. They kind of just "ask" you to pay.
  8. BrutuStrength

    BrutuStrength It's time to bring it!

    Great. Now all of their insurance rates will go up. This sounds like a stupid law.
  9. scooter1369

    scooter1369 HTTR Forever.

    Its Iowa. Fuck em
  10. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence

    I believe this is a studipity tax.
    Do dumb shit, pay for the consequences.
    I can live with that.
  11. methomps

    methomps an imbecility, a stupidity without name

    Will they run a credit check before putting your house fire out?
  12. MolGenBuckeye

    MolGenBuckeye Senior

    "What do you mean, you don't take American Express?!"

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