Read the linky. This is the logical conclusion of giving the reins of power to idiots (i.e. tea-baggers) who believe that every service under the sun should be given on a fee-for basis, and that there should be no taxes to pay for such things. Compassionless stupidity, and unnecessary public risk:
Firefighters watch as home burns to the ground
Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton. But the Cranicks did not pay.
The mayor said if homeowners don’t pay, they’re out of luck.
Turns out, the neighbor had paid the fee.
“I thought they’d come out and put it out, even if you hadn’t paid your $75, but I was wrong,” said Gene Cranick.
Because of that, not much is left of Cranick’s house.
They called 911 several times, and initially the South Fulton Fire Department would not come.
The Cranicks told 9-1-1 they would pay firefighters, whatever the cost, to stop the fire before it spread to their house.
I wonder if the Cranicks have grounds to sue the Mayor, the Fire Chief, and the 911 provider? I wonder how their insurance company feels about the lack of response?
H/T to The Vanity Press