Letter to the Editor: Ted Gaines misses mark on CA fire fee
August 30, 2012
I wish to take issue with State Senator Ted Gainesand#8217; inflammatory editorial and#8220;My Turn: Illegal fire tax bills now arriving.and#8221;
A fee is a charge for a specific service which only those who use the service pay. A tax is a charge for which all citizens are responsible and which provides for the benefit of all.
As a Truckee resident, I pay an assessment for the Truckee Fire District for fire protection and#8212; a fee. Residents outside of fire districts receive fire protection from Calfire, which is paid for by taxes on all Californians through the general fund.
Now rural residents are being ask to pay a fee for their fire protection like those of us in fire districts. Those who protest the fee would prefer that the rest of us pay for their fire protection. Apparently, this is what the idea of freedom has come to in 21st century America.