Touching story this weekend about how our vice-mayor collapsed after hearing the election results and wasn’t discovered until later the next day by his wife. Apparently the point of it is to tell us that Burbank has some kind of wonderful insurance program where you can pay thousands of dollars in advance for city emergency services that 20 years ago used to be free.
Rogers and the article leave out a couple of big things:
— The only reason this monthly pre-benefit even exists at all is because Ted McConkey (and Bob Kramer) insisted that Bud Ovrom and staff come up with something to ameliorate the consequences of their sudden decision to want to charge Burbank residents for its fire service and EMT calls. They used to be free.
— This new surcharge — ostensibly created because of budget problems — was only supposed to be temporary. That was 20 years ago. Imagine how much the city has profited from this scheme.
— Rather than being a great deal, Rogers has presumably paid this optional monthly fee for over 20 years as a homeowner. Add up how much that is in total.
— The EMT charge is also often waived for deceased calls and other exceptional circumstances that don’t require transport. Insurance companies too will often reimburse the expense, and oftentimes it’s the landlords who get the final bill and not the tenants.
Let’s make them free again, OK? That would have been the better point for the vice-mayor to make.