Forcing the public to pay highest price for fire service ‘stupid policy’

To the editor:

I agree that the city of Crestwood’s law-suit against the Affton Fire Protection Dis-trict appears to be “buyer’s remorse.”

I disagree with your Lindbergh Schools analogy. The Affton Fire Protection Dis-trict provides a service to residents. A school district does not provide any service to a vacant undeveloped land.

Any assumed $9 million future tax revenues comes from taxpayers, not the school district. Therefore, the district has zero loss, zero investment in the mall. A loss can only happen if you had the money in your hands. In our system, that means it was earned.

The school district will not lose $9 million no matter how the facts are spun.

Instead of sending tax money to the school district, which provides zero service to the mall businesses, it is invested in the project. As a matter of fact, every business in the school district can rightfully argue “taxation without representation.”

They have no vote.

Mayor Gregg Roby says that Crestwood already has a Fire Department that can provide the service substantially less than the Affton Fire Protection District.

Well, thousands of families already have a private school to educate their children.

Using the mayor’s logic, I wonder why parents who use non-public schools to educate should not complain about the high cost of a public elementary school education — $11,000 for Lindbergh versus $5,000 at St. Justin.

In this respect, the mayor has a point.

That point is forcing the public to pay the highest price for fire service is stupid policy.

Your Lindbergh analogy actually shows how our education taxation and costs closely resemble Crestwood’s plight.

Thanks for the opportunity to state my case.