Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pay up, Sun Valley

I remember standing by my Dad's '49 Chevy in the cold November dark watching my friend's house burn to the ground while the fire department volunteers stood by their equipment, doing nothing to help. I asked why they didn't try to save the home. The fire chief's answer: The farmer had refused to pay the fee that would call the fire department to their property. I think the annual fee was $12 at that time, but Janet's father was convinced that either: a) he'd never need their services, or b) the fire department would come to the rescue whether or not he paid the fee. He did and they didn't.

I'm wondering what the Sun Valley City Council would say to part-time homeowners who want to pay for rubbish pickup, water and sewer, telephone, Internet and electric services only when the home is occupied. How about paying property taxes or HOA dues only for the time each year that the home is occupied?

Or perhaps the council should ask the part-time homeowners if they would like their property exempted from full-year coverage by the countywide dispatch service and when a call comes in from that address requesting help, they will just not get a response. Just like the bad old days.

Linda Thorson


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