Fire tax is the right thing
This is in response to Mr. Kennedy's critical opinion on a fire tax for North Apollo (“North Apollo OKs fire protection fee,” April 2).
Without financial support, a fire department could be in dire jeopardy of dissolving and can suffer severe ramifications.
I have served in the fire service for more than 30 years. I was a former fire chief for Hyde Park Borough. I know what it's like to support a fire department.
The general public just doesn't understand or is just plain stupid and takes everything for granted. Public service does not operate on assumptions.
Years ago, a fire tax could have been implemented but it wasn't. Today, with low support from the public, you have no choice but to do so. Fire equipment and expenses have skyrocketed, along with mandatory changes in the fire suppression theater. That's a fact. Wake up.
Paying $80 a year is nothing — or do you want to pay for a paid fire department, which would cost more?
Smile, be thankful and support your local fire department. It's to your benefit. Your borough council made the best decision.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- ‘Affordable’? Not for him
- Arnold’s garbage
- Pass GMO label bill
- ATI’s broken promises
- Protesters not law-abiding
- Holiday spirit intact
- Right on race
- PNC: New roles for helpers