Crash taxes: to serve and protect, or serve and collect?

Crash taxes: to serve and protect, or serve and collect?

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A controversial and relatively new fee is being charged by half a dozen fire departments across Brunswick County - an accident recovery fee, or a crash tax.

It's a bill sent on behalf of your local fire department after an accident to help reimburse them for their effort and expense.

A third party company sends out the bill and gets a cut of any of the proceeds they collect.

Many people believe responding to accidents is a basic service that local governments should already provide with the use of tax dollars. Some states have even banned municipalities from sending out these kinds of bills to accident victims.

Hear from a local fire chief who feels this fee is completely appropriate Wednesday on WECT News at 11. Find out what he has to say and learn what you need to know if you get one of these bills.

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