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#22 Jan 13, 2010
Truth have it, CARS and WARS want to control how they spend their money. They fear if billing for service is began, they will lose all the donations received on a yearly basis. It goes deeper, with the County supporting billing to recoup the cost due to giving these organizations an annual operational budget. The City of Charlottesville however does not. The City of Charlottesville does not provide ambulance service but relies on CARS to do so. The City also receives $707,000 for a defunct fire response agreement to provide first response and suppression services for the urban ring provided by the Albemarle County tax payer. Due to economic times the monies needed to provide "adequate" services need to come from somewhere hence why billing for services is needed. There will be some to point out that billing for service and the fire service contract are two different issues, but in essence are not. Both effect you the tax payer. Yes, you pay taxes for these services, and no they are not free. Most importantly you pay for these services already if you have insurance. For those who don't have insurance this does not deny you care. For those who abuse the system right now, this does not deny you care for what you think is a life threatening toe pain. I have insurance, and I am a tax payer in Albemarle County. I support billing for service as I already pay for it no matter who provide me service whether it be a volunteer or a career service provider.
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