Charging Emergency Response Fees
After reading an article in the local paper about a city charging an "Emergency Response Fee", I did some searching & reading on the net. I found several locales doing this, particularly in Michigan. The agency in the news story I read was only going to charge non-residents; as residents have paid for Police, Fire & EMS services through taxes. The fees were being considered mainly for car crashes but crimescene investigations (BMV/house/building bugrlary) as well.
I understand revenues are bottomed out & cities are financially strapped. But I have serious problems with this. They argue that the fee will be charged to the insurance company, but that just means MY premium is going to go up.:doh: Charging for what we used to call an "accident" just doesn't seem right to me. And if it should include crimescenes; does that mean just the rich have a shot of their crime solved?
I did see where Riverside, CA, I believe, charged a fee when they have to disperse a large party or gathering after warning the person in charge of a disturbance violation. And I don't have a problem with this really. There is a mental culpability there, but charging a victim or just someone involved in a crash is, to me,:crazy: absurd.
What say you?