NORTH TONGASS EMS - FIRE FEE
By Ken Bylund
January 03, 2007
I believe to suggest that Residents in the [NT] North Tongass
Fire and EMS Service Area, might agree to a FEE increase, is
underhanded. This is another TAX INCREASE and is isolated in
double-speak terminology to disguise and conceal the true sum
of our TAX burden.
- A FEE is a fixed charge [a
limitation] as recompense for Services or Privileges under the
control of Government. This means a FEE is a voluntary charge
for an act or service and that the compensation or wage to be
given for performance of services or something done or to be
done is made VOLUNTARILY.
- A TAX is a charge by the Government
and is payment laid upon us by legislative authority. The essential
characteristics of a TAX, is that it is NOT a voluntary payment
or donation, but an enforced contribution, exacted [by LAW]
pursuant to legislative authority.
A sludge FEE, a Fire and EMS
FEE, a structure FEE, any FEE we are FORCED to pay is a TAX.
Persons have been taken to court and Forced to pay the sludge
FEE, an example this is not a FEE but a TAX and to identify a
TAX as a FEE is concealing the truth and politically dishonest.
WHAT SHOULD THE CITY AND BOROUGH
- Call any forced/non-voluntary
charges "TAXES"; time to be honest with Residents
about their TAX burden.
- Publish performance, costs
and potential return-on-investment for TAX Increases.
- How many [NT] Fires has this
station responded to in its existence/elapsed time?
- How many [NT] Lives has the
existing EMS saved/lost in its existence/elapsed time?
Convince NT Residents this
is more than just another cushy Government job at our expense.
You mention the ISO lowering insurance costs and those "day
to day projects" being done around the station, the promotional
arguments seem pretty weak for the sort of costs involved.
Received January 03, 2007 -
Published January 03, 2006
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