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This is fair?
February 10, 2009 - Jody Murphy
In this morning's edition of ye ole Parkersburg News and Sentinel, we had a story on the proposal to increase a surcharge on homeowner's insurance to provide a financial incentive for people to become volunteer firefighters.
One local delegate called the proposal fair.
Fair? Not in this lowly wordsmith's opinion.
I live in the city of Parkersburg and I am already paying police and fire fees. Now, I am being asked to pay to supplement local VFD's?
Are we asking the fine folks of Mineral Wells, Lubeck and Washington Bottom to kick in for our city police and fire fees?
I talked to a fire-related official this morning, who was opposed to the idea.
He felt the problem with VFD retention - and it is problem (No one is denying that) - is time. In his opinion, who has the time required to volunteer at the fire department?
In college, I had a few fraternity brothers who were also members of the town's volunteer fire department. They attended weekly meetings and answered the tones when they went off and that was about it. Though I'm sure there was occasional training as well.
Today, I couldn't join a VFD if I wanted to. As part of a two-income family with three kids, I have little time for things outide of work and family. I think that is the case with a lot of people my age.
I don't think raising my homeowners insurance to supplement local VFDs is going to change the time factor.
I don't have a definitive answer to this problem, but I can tell you I am NOT in favor of the solution some of these lawmakers are touting as fair.
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