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Private Fire Departments

This article would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic. Look, if you want to do this, privatize core local government services, you can’t force people to pay for the privileged of not utilizing these services (taxes), then charge them when they do (cost of incident response).

What’s worse is the complete lack of transparency in how this occurs – incidence costs, public servants hiring billing companies to chase down constituents, those billing companies hiding under the banner of ‘environmental damage’. It’s a shift to the marketplace… without any of the competitiveness, innovation etc, that drive a market.  It’s unethical, it’s wrong, and its bad economics. And the lack of even basic transparency for such a critical service at such a local level is just absolutely terrifying.



-Shlok
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3 Comments
  • Dale Asberry
    Feb 6, 2010

    Crap, that’s my home town! I still live in Indiana too.

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  • Dale Asberry
    Feb 6, 2010

    Forgot to mention that I also lived in Decatur township in Indianapolis for quite a while too. They’ve got some very pretty, big, brick, brand spankin’ new fire houses too.

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