Union officials to talk about fire tax

Union officials to talk about fire tax

There are 4 comments on the The Charlotte Observer story from Apr 28, 2006, titled Union officials to talk about fire tax. In it, The Charlotte Observer reports that:

County commissioners on Monday are expected to talk about a request to establish a special tax district for areas covered by the Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department.

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Essaw Road Resident

United States

#1 May 1, 2006
The question to be asked is whether the Waxhaw Fire Department is even living up to the $50 tax presently levied. As recent experience shows on my street, the department needs to look at it's performance before asking for an increase. My opinion is that residents would be better off to increase their insurance coverage in case of a complete loss because of the slow response and disorganization of our fire department. I'll vote it down until I see some progress.
Karen in Waxhaw

Kannapolis, NC

#2 Aug 24, 2006
I am fairly new to Waxhaw and I have heard that they have a perfect record as far as house fires go - a perfect zero as far as saving a home. Is this really true? Perhaps we need to vote for a full-time Fire Department in addition to the Volunteer Fire Department?
Waxhaw Tax Payer

United States

#3 Aug 25, 2006
Karen in Waxhaw wrote:
I am fairly new to Waxhaw and I have heard that they have a perfect record as far as house fires go - a perfect zero as far as saving a home. Is this really true? Perhaps we need to vote for a full-time Fire Department in addition to the Volunteer Fire Department?
To be fair, part of the problem is poor communications between first responders, the 911 system, and the slow response from the Waxhaw Fire department, in unison. Additionally, low water pressure at some of the fire plugs complicates the matter. Especially, when the firefighters do not immediately employ a pumper truck, knowing that there is a water pressure problem. Basically, too much growth too fast without proper planning for sufficient utilities and systems in place explains the scnario. Just make sure your homeowners insurance will cover the cost of building a new home at current prices.
Karen in Waxhaw

Kannapolis, NC

#4 Aug 25, 2006
Waxhaw Tax Payer wrote:
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Basically, too much growth too fast without proper planning for sufficient utilities and systems in place explains the scnario. Just make sure your homeowners insurance will cover the cost of building a new home at current prices.
Yes, why didn't they anticipate the growth when they signed off on all of the building permits? RUH ROH! Who's on first?

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