Here is a better article which gives the positions of both sides:
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- Southwest Airlines refuses to reimburse the city for $40,000 in emergency services provided after a jetliner skidded off a runway, crashed through a fence and rolled onto Hollywood Way just shy of gas station pumps.
City officials said Wednesday they will likely continue to push Southwest to pay the bill, which included the cost of police and firefighter overtime after the March 5 accident.
``When an airline lands one of its planes on our streets, the airline should be responsible for the costs associated with it,´´ Councilman Bob Kramer said. ``I think it´s a stretch to ask the taxpayers to pay for it.´´
Southwest said it was entitled to emergency services without additional fees because it pays taxes in Burbank, including $1.2 million last year.
``We´re very appreciative of the efforts and we certainly regret that they were necessary. But we have been contributing to the tax base in Burbank for about 11 years and, thankfully, we only have had minor need for those services, so we feel our contribution more than covers it,´´ Southwest spokeswoman Beth Harbin said.
The National Transportation Safety Board hasn't released an official cause of the accident involving Flight 1455 from Las Vegas. There were 142 people on board and five minor injuries.
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As a citizen, I pay taxes that help cover police and firefighter's salaries, but I don't have to pay extra every time I actually use them. When the MGM Grand Hotel burned in Las Vegas, were they (the hotel owners) charged extra to cover police and firefighter's overtime? When the skybridges at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City collapsed and killed over 100 people in 1981, was the Hyatt charged extra for the police and paramedics overtime? If Southwest pays taxes, why should they have to pay for emergency services? Damages - yes, but services?I don't think so.
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