Blount County won’t reimburse for destroyed House
County workers accidentally burned down a woman’s home. However, the county will only reimburse her for $100K despite her property being assessed at $230K. She volunteered to let two county trucks dump brush on her property. They knocked over a power line that caused the fire. And this is beautiful:
Don Stallions, who heads the Risk Management Department for Blount County, said the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act protects the government from being sued out of existence.
Well, after displaying such incompetence, is that necessarily a bad thing?
“The government used to be immune from law suits,” Stallions said. “People need to realize that the government isn’t like a business. When you sue a business, you get money that was generated as profit by an income-producing company. When you sue the government, it’s the people’s money you’re dealing with.
Really? There was a time when we couldn’t petition the government for a redress of grievances? You know, first amendment and all that?
“The Tort Liability Act allows counties in Tennessee to do business. Without it, our counties wouldn’t be able to function.”
Do your employees really screw up so much that that is an issue?
Stallions said Blount County has had numerous property damage claims in the past, but none that he can recall involving a claim on an entire home.
I guess so.