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As tax revenue decreases for budget-stressed municipalities, the revenue will come from somewhere

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December 03, 2008 – Comments (2)

Ever hear of a 'crash tax'? I hadn't until I read this article, which indicates that these fees are already being charged at places within 24 of our 50 states:

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Insurance/InsureYourCar/crash-taxes-add-hefty-fees-for-aid.aspx

Excerpt:

That'll be $2,200 Two years ago, Luke Gutilla lost control of his motorcycle along a road in Richland Township in Cambria County, Pa. He suffered a leg injury and was taken by ambulance to get treatment, which his insurance covered.

Several months later, Gutilla received a bill for nearly $2,200 for the services of seven firefighters, an assistant chief, two fire vehicles, three police cruises and three officers. The bill also itemized things like "brooms and mops and things that were just kind of strange," he recounted recently.

 

It sounds to me as though they'll have to change the oath to "protect and collect".

That's just one example of the many ways in which you'll see state and local governments making up for lost revenue. My point: budget higher overall tax burdens into your 2009 budget!

 

2 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On December 03, 2008 at 4:18 PM, johnw106 (60.64) wrote:

Many states have been doing this for years. And the brooms and mops are used to clean up any oil and gas/toxic chemicals that were spilled. One time use then disposed of as they are contaminated.
A few years back a vacationing couple received a bill for...are you ready?...US $ 275,000.00. (If I remember correclty. It may have been more than that.)

The car they were towing behind their RV had a flat and the sparks from the metal rim caused fires that stretched for several miles and destroyed hundreds of acres of woodlands.

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#2) On December 03, 2008 at 4:28 PM, GNUBEE (24.36) wrote:

And on a state level the governors are all in Philadelphia. To get a couple hundred million a piece.

Get ready to sharpen your pencil on that total Federal spending tally Sinchy. It's gonna really jump if they get their way.

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