Keep Teabagging

The idea that you shouldn’t have to pay anything for anything is really working out great:

Tinley Park officials can look to a few neighbors for advice as the
village considers charging residents and businesses a fee when
firefighters are called to their properties.

Park Forest for more than a dozen years has charged fees for
responding to false fire alarms, vehicle fires and extrications, Park
Forest Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Ziegle said. Matteson charges fees when
firefighters douse burning vehicles and rescue people in confined
spaces, among other incidents, Fire Chief Nick Wilkens said.

Tinley Park has been researching the idea of charging a fire service
fee since last month, when trustees were trying to tighten the budget.

To keep the proposed $34.6 million budget in the black the village
also debated offering early retirement to village employees, having
employees do work now done by outside firms when possible and reducing
fines for outstanding ordinance violation tickets so the village can
recoup at least some of the $1 million in outstanding tickets. The next
budget year begins May 1.

Although an exact amount has not been determined, a fire service fee
likely would generate between $50,000 and $100,000 a year based on the
type of incidents the village would seek reimbursement for. Trustees
are slated to discuss during a public safety committee meeting tonight
whether to charge a fire service fee and who would have to pay it.

With nearly 60,000 residents, Tinley Park has a mainly paid-on-call
staff of about 100 firefighters that doesn’t receive benefits.

Taxes are THEFT!

A.

10 thoughts on “Keep Teabagging

  1. Hi A. Off topic, but this is my personal clearinghouse for journalistic malfeasance. (Ahem) Attention Newspapers: It is not Athnae’s fault that you went into a state of suspended animation sometime around 1998 and continue to regard obsessive, prurient gossip about sex to be worthy of yourhighest awards. Assholes. Die already.

  2. My standard when-I-was-a-kid rant:
    No sewer, no water, in the beginning not even a volunteer fire department, later a VFD.
    Police could not reliably get to our house on the 1/2-mile easement through the orange grove.
    Animal control was a 20-gauge shotgun and a steady aim.
    In the (initially unincorporated) town proper, not all the roads were paved.
    My father built some sort of a weird grader-trailer to help level out the “road” out to the highway; I recall learning how to get cars unstuck from sand by about the age of 8 (dig out fore and aft, shove in boards for the tires to ramp out on).
    I’ll take the libertopians seriously when they dig their own drain fields, pull their own well string after lightning frags the submersible pump, maintain their own roads, and shoot their own snakes (for the gun averse, a rake or machete also works). Been there, done that, there’s a lot to be said for well-funded government.

  3. Is it me, or will Republicans not rest until 9-1-1 is $5.99 the first minute and $3.99 each minute thereafter..

  4. dr2chase: btdt too, wore out the damn cheap made-in-China T-shirt…
    Local gov’t in my GOP fantasy-town is a joke. More than 20 years ago the city “incorporated” — largely against the will of the residents — a village to the west of the city limits. Fire service out there is still a VFD (it must keep its trucks in barns outside the city limits, tho). Streets are still dirt, graded by neighbors. Water is still wells and sewerage still septic systems — and the city’s promises to provide services? Heh. vaporware in the “no new taxes” frenzy. Oh, but they’re incorporating more land every year in order to “add to our tax base”. Not that they’re going to use that money to fix potholes or replace firetrucks or upgrade the 1920s’-era underground water lines. But they want to claim to be a city of 225,000 plus.

  5. On top of all that, I got free primary and secondary education, heavily subsidised tertiary and graduate education, and medical care besides. I’m willing to bet that I pay a bit more in provincial and federal taxes than some of you do in state and federal taxes, but that’s perfectly cool with me. My publicly-funded doctor is a medical goddess, and my only gripe with the local government is that they don’t plow the streets often enough in the winter.
    But then again, I’m a weirdo wholikes paying taxes. And I’ve been saying so since the 1990s.

  6. Okay, that caused a wildly unintentional funny in BuggyQLand. I misread the last line of the block quote as, “With nearly 60,000 residents, Tinley Park has amanly paid-on-call staff of about 100 firefighters that doesn’t receive benefits.”
    Mental picture of sexy male firefighters…mmmm…
    Apparently the teabaggers have stolen my sanity.

  7. But Interrobang,
    Canada is the country that the repubs hold up to show that you can’t survive socialized medicine !
    Not to mention that the Canadian dollar has been flying high above the US dollar for a few years now !

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