Issue 8 and Volume 138.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR DEPARTMENTS A suggested solution to the question of fire service subscriptions/donations There appears to be a solution to the question of who pays for fire suppression if the department relies solely on donations or subscriptions for its operation. The department must act like any other service business. Either you pay in advance and gain a discount or you pay at the time of need on the basis of cost and materials. This would answer the moral question. How would the department collect? First, if the owner refused to pay, the department could file a mechanic’s lien like any other contractor who did work and didn’t receive payment. This would require the services of a lawyer, but most jurisdictions allow his fees to be added to the debt as well as any other costs of collection. A second point is that anyone who has fire insurance can…

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