Ethical for NJ town to charge insurance comp for 911 response but unethical for them to raise rates to cover cost. http://t.co/hrxaOSm3
Let's just start having ala carte govt services. But if we do, then I want zero taxes. http://t.co/jn06uyuy
NJ city ponders billing your insurance for some 911 calls4/2/2012
Folks in Passaic, NJ, may need to keep their credit cards handy if they have to dial 911. The city council is considering dinging them up to $1,000 for emergency fire calls and lesser amounts for things such as car accidents. It's the latest in budget-conscious government in a cash-strapped municipality -- making citizens decide whether having their property salvaged is worth the out-of-pocket cost. Oh, Mayor Alex Blanco insists it won't come out of his constituents' pockets: Passaic is going to bill insurance companies instead. And, of course, those companies won't even think about raising rates. "It would be unethical on their part," Blanco sniffs. Unlike, you know, charging for services that citizens already pay taxes to support.
How else could Passaic balance its budget?