State denies county's fire fee request

There are 3 comments on the The Tennessean story from Mar 1, 2011, titled State denies county's fire fee request. In it, The Tennessean reports that:

The state legislature has denied Cheatham County's request to enact a flat fee on all parcels of property to fund fire and emergency services.

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Irritated

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#1 Mar 3, 2011
Cheatham County is always trying to avoid State Law and be "creative" by taxing wheels, building(impact fees), and Fire service. The "Officials" have have never followed the statute on Fire taxes.
Fire service is and should be a General Service as part of the Tennessee Constitutional Purposes of Safety. WE need a Qualified County Manager or Administrator instead of the unqualified "elect" who have little ability to run the County.
Wilson

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#2 Aug 15, 2011
Former County Judge Pennington said they named the county right- Cheatham! Originally, it was named Cumberland County when it was authorized in 1840 but they couldn't get their act together and by the time they were ready in 1856 the name was already taken.
From that, you can figure that they are years behind the times and don't know what is going on.
Why should expect them to do right.
Eli Barnes

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#3 Sep 16, 2011
The Town of Pegram is assessed a Fire Tax under the Cheatham County-wide Fire Plan for the Town's own municipal fire department while no other municipality is taxed the same. We know that Pegram is dumb but what about fairness in this when the residents are already taxed for fire services by the County general assessment. Now, the officials want a flat fee... The Cheatham County Attorney's family has 500 acres in the Town of Pegram which is 10% of the area in Pegram while by the assessment process pays only 1% of the Town taxes. I understand that the current County Attorney was the Pegram City Attorney when the fire tax was set up. The County wants to help out the rich, while those with little pay more for the meager services we get. Look at the tax share on your property as compared with the big property-holders. Cheatham has arbitrary rules and does not treat people fairly.

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