No pay, no spray: Firefighters let home burn - U.S. news - Life - msnbc.com cliffs: this dude lives in a rural town and they have an optional "fire tax" that they pay to be covered by a neighboring fire protection district. this dude didnt pay that fee and they let his house burn down. i feel like this is probably a pretty divisive issue.. should the FD cover everyone for free? should people that are required to "opt-in" via a small payment be allowed to pay on the spot? its important to note that the people who pay this "fire tax" do not give a cut of their property taxes to the FD, as most people do. as someone who has worked in and around the fire service for years i know my opinion on the matter. however, im going to approach this thread from a different angle and NOT voice my opinion just yet. whats yours?