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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Below is an article published in the Chincoteague Beacon, a Gannett Newspaper. When I read it I thought, now this is what newspapers and blogs should be more about.

For the record, I'm extremely proud of these Volunteer Firefighters who believe in doing what is right, who believe in fiscal responsibility. All too often today we see greedy liberals with their hands out wanting things they can't afford or keep up. The residents of Chincateague should be mighty proud of their Firefighters and while I wish we could have been as fortunate as the Daily Times to pick up on such an article, good for them. Therefore we give credit where credit is due.

'We don't need it, we don't want it'

CHINCOTEAGUE -- The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company is against Accomack County's proposed fire tax, which its members say is not needed nor wanted.

"Chincoteague will pay approximately $400,000 under the tax, but will collect just $88,000 from it," said Bryan Rush. "It's a matter of fairness. It's a disproportionate share. Chincoteague generates about one-third of the county's tax revenue."

"Our company has always pulled its own weight," said Denise Bowden. "With the help of the community, we have always been able to serve this island without a tax. We don't need it and we don't want it."



Anonymous said...

You're not evaluating the entire situation. With the exception of Chincoteague, most Accomack Co. Fire Companies stuggle to survive, and from what I've seen every one of them works extremely hard to raise all of the funding they can through fundraisers. They protect small communities, but they are still necessary because of geography as you can't wait 30 minutes for a fire engine. I am not a resident, but I agree with the fire tax but I also agree that Chincoteague should be granted an exception. The people do have a right to choose. No fire tax would mean that there may come a day soon where a department's fire engine breaks down and there's no money to fix it so that it can respond, and that's a risk the community can take if they choose.

Anonymous said...

When it comes to taxes it is not a matter of what the people want or need, it is what your elected officals want or need. You are just a tax payer and don't know what your needs and wants are...ask any politican!!

Anonymous said...

the nutcracker.