Just the basics

There are 17 comments on the Evening Sun story from May 16, 2011, titled Just the basics. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

Littlestown's fire company plans to build a new fire station. No surprise there.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Evening Sun.

Tired of taxes

Gettysburg, PA

#1 May 16, 2011
The firemen are following in the teachers footsteps tax the people and because we are so important they have to pay. Them building a new fire house will not improve the service. They must think we have money trees in our back yards, property taxes are going up along with gas and food. Our pay and pensions are not going up, Will they keep trying to tax us until everyone moves away and there is no body left to pay? Get real fire people and think of the harm you would be doing to the seniors and people out of work.
Hunter and Soldier

Gettysburg, PA

#2 May 16, 2011
Truely, this serviced community reaps a significant benefit without incurring an additional tax burden. However, I see the issue quite simple and necessary to support the business operations of this fire company. The fire company seems to have completed some initial work developing their requirements and securing a design. I see a potential shortfall with the absence of a budget and the associated funding sources. That's the public view I get as a non-member. Let's see a novel approach by the community and business leaders. What courses are available to this private organization that support funding the construction effort, supply the coffers for training and operations, yet have a minimal impact via another tax. All should recognize value of the service we recieve before the $5.1 million estimated service cost explodes to a $15 million requirement levied on the community.
NO MORE TAXES

Towson, MD

#3 May 16, 2011
No more taxes. Just buy some chairs for out front while they watch the day go buy as they sit out front of the Fire House. Just put up a tent!
Observer

United States

#4 May 17, 2011
Just what we need more taxes. Why cant the borough attach a lien to any fire or accident settlement from the insurance companies.Makes sense to me. They are the ones making all the money.
Same old story

Dover, PA

#5 May 17, 2011
Observer,

Now that truley is the stupidest thig that I have ever heard of!! So i guess you are willing to pay several hundred more dollars on your home owners policy and several hundred more on your auto policy because that is where that so called lein would be coming from right out of your pocket due to increased premiums from the insurance companies. Not to mention all the money the attorneys will end up making. Here is a fact that most of you don't know the municapality is required to provide that service to it's residence by state law at some point in time you will end up paying for it, where I live I wish I had paid staffing on I already watched a neighbors home burn to the ground and the fire dept. was just a little a mile away the first piece of apparatus on the scene was a good 4 miles away. I feel as though my families lives are worth the few dollars a year it would cost to put staffing on. maybe all of you should look at this in a different prospective than just the wallet.
Everybody Happy

Shrewsbury, PA

#6 May 17, 2011
Just let the fire department's station collapse and let the homeowners fend for themselves.

That's the cheapest option.

If that's what they want, then let them have it.

Everybody wants something for nothing. If you want fire protection, either support the volunteers or go to the paid service. I promise you, if you think volunteers are expensive, wait until you see the cost of the career service.

Or they could always do a subscription service like in South Fulton. Because that seems to work. Especially if you think you can skip a payment.
steve

Reading, PA

#7 May 18, 2011
More taxes cost going up for everything won't have a house to catch fire. There is a braking point for everyone and I don't understand why communitys keep pushing towards it. The money tree died yrs ago. I want an addition on my house can someone pay for it. We pay but have no say. I read the other day that 3600 state employees make over $100,000 yr in pa WOW!!!!!!! Are we getting what were paying for
Observer

United States

#8 May 18, 2011
Same old story wrote:
Observer,
Now that truley is the stupidest thig that I have ever heard of!! So i guess you are willing to pay several hundred more dollars on your home owners policy and several hundred more on your auto policy because that is where that so called lein would be coming from right out of your pocket due to increased premiums from the insurance companies. Not to mention all the money the attorneys will end up making. Here is a fact that most of you don't know the municapality is required to provide that service to it's residence by state law at some point in time you will end up paying for it, where I live I wish I had paid staffing on I already watched a neighbors home burn to the ground and the fire dept. was just a little a mile away the first piece of apparatus on the scene was a good 4 miles away. I feel as though my families lives are worth the few dollars a year it would cost to put staffing on. maybe all of you should look at this in a different prospective than just the wallet.
My statement has nothing to do with my family's worth. It was meant to state that the government and corporations are taking enough money from the working class. Until I moved to this town I had never heard of a permit to have a yard sale or to do repairs to your own home. Have you not noticed the increase in foreclosures in our area? Do you live under a rock? I feel as though I work to just pay taxes anymore.So as far as being the stupidest thing you have ever heard,I don't think so. Here is a fact that you don't know. There is such a thing as spell check. LMAO
just me

Hanover, PA

#9 May 18, 2011
There only asking for $54 bucks. If everyone would give, then there would not be a need for a fire tax. think about that when they ask for a donation, a little will go a long way. ( $54 @ 5000 res = $270,000 ) not that much to ask for one year of service, and Littlestown offers the best in the county.
steve

Reading, PA

#10 May 18, 2011
just me wrote:
There only asking for $54 bucks. If everyone would give, then there would not be a need for a fire tax. think about that when they ask for a donation, a little will go a long way.($54 @ 5000 res =$270,000 ) not that much to ask for one year of service, and Littlestown offers the best in the county.
Where does it end.54 here 54 there 54 everywhere . I just went out back and sprinkled mirical grow on the money tree hope it comes back to life
DDP

Westminster, MD

#11 May 19, 2011
To all the people out there that are complaining. Remember, the fire service is volunteer 24/7/365. You complain about $54.00 a year. If the volunteers get run out and your community goes to a paid service...YOU WILL BE PAYING A LOT MORE THAN $54.00 A YEAR....Think about that!!!!
williammary

Gwynn Oak, MD

#12 May 20, 2011
If they want a bigger spot maybe they can just redo the Hunters Inn. It looks like that place is toast now. Just renew your resources a little bit.
Watcher

Arlington, VA

#13 May 20, 2011
just me wrote:
There only asking for $54 bucks. If everyone would give, then there would not be a need for a fire tax. think about that when they ask for a donation, a little will go a long way.($54 @ 5000 res =$270,000 ) not that much to ask for one year of service, and Littlestown offers the best in the county.
Best in the county by who's standards?!?!
problem

Hanover, PA

#14 May 20, 2011
Thats the problem with those guys they think they are the best even if I do have a lot of respect for volunteers.
Truth

East Berlin, PA

#15 May 20, 2011
People can't afford the $54. After all, they have cable tv, cigarettes, eating out, and beer to buy. That's way more important than having fire protection.

Welcome to the new world order!!
concerned

Westminster, MD

#16 May 20, 2011
Don't need an ambulance from these guys, the price is crazy and they don't care if you can afford to pay it or not, even with insurance you are left with a huge bill they don't recognise Blue Cross and Blue Schield so maybe they should use some of the money they are ripping off from the people they are suppose to be helping to pay for the new station, or perhaps they should have kept up repairs on the old one.
DDP

Westminster, MD

#17 May 23, 2011
Concerned.....Perhaps you should spend your $54.00 a year and take a spelling/grammar class. As far as the ambulance comment. Money should not matter if you have a medical emergency. If a loved one of mine is in cardiac arrest, wondering how much it this going to cost is the last thought on my mind.....And if I am not mistaken and maybe someone can add but I do believe that the money would be used to pay the salaries of the trained EMTs they have on station 24/7....You are lucky to have 24/7 service. Where I live it is strictly volunteer and you may not see an ambulance for a half hour.

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