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."