I built a fire alarm into my house burglar alarm. I did this because I'm away a lot, and I have a better chance of protecting my home than if I used a fire alarm that relies on batteries. My system includes a central station that can be notified quickly and minimize fire damage.
I just recently received my Nassau County fire alarm permit renewal, and to my surprise it has gone from $60 to $90 for three years. I should be able to protect my house with a fire alarm for free. I already pay $285 a year for the central station service, and I'm glad to do so to protect my family. I see this fee as officials taxing me for protecting myself.
Like many others, I'm just waiting to move off the Island and take my retirement with me.
Edie Cunningham, Rockville Centre