It looks like the City of Santa Rosa might go ahead with their plan to start charging user fees for those unfortunate enough to have the fire department respond to their homes. I'm not sure if this would only apply to medical emergencies or to any calls that fall with the fire department's purview.
I'm not quite sure what to make of this. I can understand that cities need more money and user fees are totally consistent with libertarian philosophy. It begs the question, though, of what our tax money is already paying for? Are we paying the fire department big bucks just to sit in the firehouse but have to pay extra for them to actually do something?