H&H !!! In Knoxville,Tenn the fire dept is a private entity. You have to join and pay annual premiums which was low from memory. If you did not pay you can sign a contract to pay the actual cost of putting the fire out or they let it burn to the ground. There is no Tennessee state personal income tax and the citizens that dont need fire protection dont pay for it.
Mrphil, i respect Tennessee, i value Tennessee, but you need to understand, you cant run California like you run Tennessee. The people of California made their state the way it is based on their values, just as Tennessee is for Tennesseans. They are different places with different people.
There was a story in the last few years where they did let a house burn down because the owners wasnt on the listbof dues payers.
Perhaps Ray should move to TN. He can save money on fireprotection and put out his own fires.
Mmichaelr! You are correct. I was no doing taxes when I lived in Tennessee. But wage income for most was not taxed. There was a stiff sales tax in Knox county. My wife worked for someone who planned to run for Governor. Unfortunately he was imprisioned before the election.