May 3rd 2009

Charging fees for city services

By Marie Alena Castle
For cities (such as Coon Rapids, as reported on May 2) to consider charging fees to those who call for police or fire protection is outrageous. Property taxes already cover those services. If extra fees are needed, why not simply extend the service fee to property that pays no taxes at all, such as churches? This would bring in all the money needed and be more fair than increasing the burden on those who already pay more because the tax-exempt pay nothing.

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