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Over the last few years municipalities have been introducing “accident response fees” as another means to help finance routine police and fire runs to auto accident scenes, whether someone is injured or not. Just ask Cary Feldman of suburban Chicago, who was billed $200 by the Chicago Heights Fire Department for a very minor accident. Neither party in the accident actually called the department; no one was hurt, nor was any service provided. As Feldman describes it, the fire department came, looked around and left. Yet he was stuck with a bill.

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